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Kid-friendly gun range to open in North Texas

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A family-friendly gun range that hopes to host birthday parties for children will open later this year in Lewisville, Texas.

Eagle Gun Range owner David Prince said there are not enough places for children to learn how to shoot.

"We saw a void, and we saw a niche and decided to fill it," he told NBCDFW.com

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Prince said his gun range is getting plenty of attention, due in part to his business' kid-friendly attitude. People have already approached him about the gun range, he said.

"We want to bring children in starting at age 8 and teach them how to effectively and safely use a firearm," Prince said. "We will start them off with BB guns and .22s."

Gun shop owner Dwight Walker, who was born and raised in Lewisville, said the city now has fewer places for children to learn his lifelong hobby than it did when he was young.

"The kids are not getting involved in guns as much as they used to," he told NBCDFW.com. "When I grew up here, you could shoot and hunt anywhere."

Prince says he will turn an old office building into a state-of-the-art facility.

"There will be no other range that is this large, that is air-conditioned, in the state of Texas," he said. "We are getting a tremendous response from all over North Texas."

Prince said he wants his gun range to be a place for the community, no matter the age or experience level.

Eagle Gun Range is expected to open toward the end of summer.

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