Back in August we reported that Liberty University in Virginia would be allowing students with concealed carry permits and permission to carry on campus to keep firearms in their on-campus residence halls. https://www.range365.com/50000-student-private-university-institutes-campus-carry
Now, the Washington Post reports the 50,000-student Evangelical Christian School is planning to open a state-of-the-art shooting range on campus next fall as part of the school’s commitment to promoting gun ownership and shooting sports.
According to the story, university president Jerry Falwell Jr. said Liberty’s new complex will feature pistol, rifle, and shotgun facilities along with an archery range built into the mountainside of the 7,000-acre campus near Lynchburg. The project will result in one of the most expansive firearms ranges on any U.S. college campus, with at least $1 million in construction and landscape improvements planned that will provide new opportunities for students clubs and athletic teams.
“This is one of the examples of how Liberty is unique and different,” Falwell said in the story. “We really had the perfect setting for our own competitive shooting range.”
Liberty’s commitment to the shooting sports is somewhat unique in today’s world of higher education. In July we reported that college shooting clubs have been negatively impacted, specifically when it comes to funding, by anti-gun sentiments with many having to beg for the basic funding other sports and clubs are routinely granted.
The shooting range will join a host of other high-tech additions at Liberty intended to provide its students with as many opportunities as possible, including a year-round snowless ski and snowboard center, an indoor ice-skating rink, and an equestrian facility.
The school was founded in 1971 by Falwell’s father, an evangelical pastor who nurtured the Moral Majority political movement. The Post story says the school has since risen to become the epicenter of Christian higher education and is now one of the largest universities in the country by enrollment, buffeted by a surging online program.