Gun lovers flock to Sin City ranges

Daily Star Sunday - - NEWS - ■ by MIKE PARKER

BUSI­NESS is boom­ing at Las Ve­gas gun ranges, where tourists can hire the same semi­au­to­matic weapons used by mass mur­derer Stephen Pad­dock.

Chill­ingly, one of them of­fers The Ul­ti­mate Shoot­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence just a few hun­dred yards from the Man­dalay Bay Ho­tel where he staged his killing spree.

An­other, called Bat­tle­field Ve­gas, was so busy less than a week af­ter the mas­sacre I had to queue for 20 min­utes to hire an AK-47 – also known as a Kalash­nikov – ca­pa­ble of fir­ing 600 rounds per minute. This is one of the mil­i­tary as­sault ri­fles in the huge ar­se­nal of weapons Pad­dock smug­gled into his ho­tel room.

In one three-sec­ond burst, I pep­pered a hu­man-sized pa­per tar­get with 14 po­ten­tially lethal shots, in­clud­ing one “in­stant kill” hit in the bulls­eye. I am no marks­man but it was al­most im­pos­si­ble to miss.

This process is be­ing re­peated daily at other li­censed ranges in Sin City with names such as Ma­chine Guns Ve­gas, Amer­i­can Shoot­ers, Las Ve­gas Gun­fights and Ma­chine Gun Ex­pe­ri­ence.

At The Range 702 on Dean Martin Drive, not far from Man­dalay Bay, sales as­sis­tant Dawn said: “Ev­ery day is as busy as this.

“We take walk-ins but it’s much bet­ter if you book in ad­vance.

“Af­ter what hap­pened, I’d say a lot more peo­ple are cu­ri­ous now and we are busier than ever.”

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