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Nation's largest indoor gun range to open in Frisco

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FRISCO, Texas -

The city of Frisco is getting some attention for a business that broke ground on Friday – a massive new indoor gun range.

Everyone who attended the Frisco Gun Club's ground breaking ceremony was aware of the escalating gun rights debate and the extra attention the event might draw. In fact, it was originally scheduled for Dec. 19 and delayed because of the Connecticut school shooting.

But CEO Christian Putnam said the club will cater to handgun owners, not hunters, and will focus on safety and training.

"I think it's important for law-abiding citizens to have a place to go to get training to shoot guns and get better at it," he said. "If someone has a handgun and wants to defend their house, they need a place they can come."

It's rock and sand now, but by the end of the summer the new range will be the biggest and newest of its kind. The 4.5-acre, 43,000-square-foot, $9 million range will be the largest indoor shooting range in the country.

"Texas is a very strong gun owner rights state and a lot of families own guns and want to use them safely, and they're responsible. This fits right in with that," added Mayor Maher Maso.

Frisco's gun-owning mayor defies the club's critics.

"Everybody is allowed an opinion and everyone is allowed to freely express it and I support that right absolutely, but this is a business. They have the right to locate here. They're following all the laws and rules," he said.

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