A new type of hangout for Second Amendment enthusiasts is gaining popularity in the United States: the “guntry club.”
CBS News visited two state-of-the-art facilities for a report on the emergence of a gun ranges that often include cigar rooms, gourmet restaurants, rows of flat screen televisions, expensive furniture, and numerous other amenities.
“The customer aspect is really what sets us apart from other facilities,” Greg Wodack of Elite Shooting Sports in Manassas, Virginia told CBS national correspondent Chip Reid on April 1.
Mr. Wodack said he isn’t fond of his business being deemed a “guntry club.”
“I’m not fond of that expression, even though it’s an extremely nice facility. We’re often to all different walks of life. We don’t want to be elitist,” he told Washington Times.
Elite Shooting Sports has served over 17,000 customers in its first six months. It also offers female-only classes with only female staff.
“I come here and they’re so welcoming. I can come when the kids are at school. I can come on a date with my husband. We’ve had a good time,” said customer Janet Cherry, CBS reported.
The network also talked to Javier Lopez of Miami’s “Lock and Load,” which has even did business with NBA basketball star Lebron James on his birthday.
“It’s not just the run-of-the-mill shooting range. We really wanted to really craft our own experience: something that is focused around comfort, sophistication, and customer service, ” Mr. Lopez told CBS.
CBS reported that although some businesses seem to shy away from the “guntry club” designation, it found others in big cities that did appear to relish an aspect of exclusivity. Some memberships can cost upwards of $10,000.
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