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Liberty University is about to become even more gun-friendly in 2017. The Lynchburg, Virginia-based private college — which already allows students with CCW permits to keep guns in dorm rooms — is planning on building a brand new, state of the art outdoor shooting complex on school grounds.

According to Students at Liberty for Gun Rights (SL4GR), the new complex will include the following: a one, two and three hundred-yard rifle range, multiple shotgun ranges and stands for shooting sports, a pistol range, a designated area for 3-gun competition and tactical shooting, a possible police shoot-house, an archery range, a rifle/pistol fieldhouse and an awards pavilion.

The complex was first proposed by school officials during a Campbell County Planning Commission hearing on Dec. 5.

Liberty University spokesman Len Stevens told Yahoo! News that the NRA is helping the school to develop the project. He also said that one of the reasons for building the complex is the popularity of the university’s handgun safety class.

“We’ve had nearly 900 students go through the class since we first started it nearly two years ago,” Stevens said. “The present facility has been deemed antiquated and ill-suited for that number of students by university leadership.”

The range will be located near the school’s Camp Hydaway grounds.

“I really like how the facility will be located,” said Keith Thompson, lead civil engineer for the project.  “It will be nestled in the mountains for safety and noise reduction, and skeet shooters will definitely get to enjoy an amazing view.”

Brad Butler, Planning and Construction Coordinator for Liberty University said: “Around three hundred and fifty universities in this country participate in some form of shooting competition, and around thirty of those universities own outdoor shooting facilities off campus.  However, Liberty will be the first university to have nationally recognized ranges that meet NRA and NCAA guideline standards and be able to host all Olympic shooting sports on its central campus property.”

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