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Former Lubbock Mayor hoping to open indoor shooting range

Former Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson (Source: KCBD Video) Former Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson (Source: KCBD Video)
Robertson hoping to open indoor shooting range in the 1900 block of Texas Ave. (Source: KCBD Video) Robertson hoping to open indoor shooting range in the 1900 block of Texas Ave. (Source: KCBD Video)
Robertson hoping to open indoor shooting range in the 1900 block of Texas Ave.  (Source: KCBD Video) Robertson hoping to open indoor shooting range in the 1900 block of Texas Ave. (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A new indoor shooting range could soon make its way to downtown Lubbock.

If zoning for the new business is passed, it would be located on Texas Avenue near 19th Street.

Former Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson is hoping to open his new business, but before he moves forward, he has to get approval from Lubbock City Council on zoning the area for commercial use.

Thursday's meeting will be the first of two readings before it could pass.

Robertson says there is a need for an indoor range in Lubbock.

"This market is just really begging for one," he says. "As more and more people are trying to get their license to carry, I see a need for more professional training for people who do want to own or carry a firearm."

He says downtown Lubbock is a prime location.

"It's an area that I think in 10 years is just going to explode," he explains. "What's it's going to take is private investors, like myself, having the willingness to go down there and do this."

Though an indoor range could sound off some alarms for people, Robertson says folks shouldn't be worried at all.

"With today's technology, you'll never know there's a range there, unless you see the sign," he says. "You'll never hear a shot. You've got ballistic rated walls in the entire facility."

Robertson says he hopes by opening an indoor gun range, it'll bring competition to the market, since there is currently only one indoor range in the Lubbock area.

"They are 100 percent safe," he says. "I think it'll be an added benefit to downtown. It's going to be a major investment to a very old building. It's going to draw more people down there. Plus, I think it'll make people more responsible gun owners."

Though Robertson's current business plan indicates the shooting range would be a gun club, the general public will have access to it as well.

"There will be a full retail gun shop in the front area where the offices were," he says. "As well as training rooms, classrooms, armor services, gun cleaning services, this will be a one stop- completely all-inclusive gun range."

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