A new Orlando-area tourist attraction has opened up to add to the long list of other theme parks. But it’s unlike anything you’ll fins at Disney World, Universal Studiosm or Sea World. It’s called Machine Gun America.
It allows participants to fire live ammunition from fully automatic weapons.
“Everybody has something they always wanted to try,” General Manager Bruce Nierenberg told local CBS affiliate WTSP Channel 10 News. “This would be on people’s bucket list to try it and have a new experience.”
For obvious reasons, safety is paramount at Machine Gun America, and no one is allowed inside the range unaccompanied. Channel 10 reported:
The weapons are available to adults and children as young as 13 with the parent’s permission.
All must be accompanied by a trained instructor called a range safety officer.
“I’ve had a lot of children fire with me before, and I’m always prepared because I am the one the whole time who is holding the firearm,” Natasha Schweitzer, one of the RSOs told the station.
Not everyone is thrilled with the idea of the 13,000 square foot facility being planted within the Mecca of Florida’s family-friendly theme parks.
“You’ve got Holy Land right there in Orlando. You’ve got Disney World, and Epcot,” said Lucia Kay McBath, a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, “All places for family fun where they should feel protected.”
But it would appear that McBath is among the minority. The station is running a poll where it asks participants “Do you think it’s okay to allow kids as young as 13 to handle high-powered machine guns?”
Over 76% voted “Yes”.
Watch the news clip, via WTSP.