Welcome to Machine Gun America, where you can “experience the exhilarating rush of shooting real machine guns and powerful firearms.” And be as young as 13.
The new amusement attraction opens this weekend in Orlando, Florida — six miles away from Disney World. Among the automatic and military-grade weapons available for firing on the premises are AK47s and M5s. “They’re built for wars and those kinds of things,” Machine Gun America’s general manager Bruce Nierenberg told the Daily News.
The new facility has generated significant attention for its emphasis on the most violent weapons and for marketing its facility like a national amusement attraction. But letting kids shoot guns is not uncommon at gun ranges. In fact, the site’s opening comes just months after a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor at a gun range in Arizona. And many gun ranges allow kids younger than 13 to fire real guns. They also allow those who could not even pass a background check to “rent” a gun.