Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Orlando Ends Effort to Block Live-Ammunition Firing Ranges

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Orlando Ends Effort to Block Live-Ammunition Firing Ranges

Article excerpt

Tourist and city officials were appalled when gun ranges - offering the chance to fire weapons with live ammunition - wanted to go into business down the road from Walt Disney World.

But after trying to disarm the range owners, the officials ended up backing down from a legal shootout.

Orlando, home to Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios, wanted nothing to do with anything that would project a violent image, especially after recent highly publicized crimes against tourists, many of them foreigners.

Then came word about plans to open "Quick Shots" and "Shooting Sports" on International Drive, a commercial strip humming with tourists visiting the area's theme parks.

The owners of the ranges - where customers rent weapons and fire live ammo at targets - had applied for building and occupational permits months ago. The paperwork was being routinely processed by municipal agencies.

Despite the bad publicity overseas, the shooting galleries expect to attract foreign tourists. …

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