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Fri, Jun 14, 2013

Texas Gun Range Allows Live Fire From Helicopters

Neighbors Express Concerns, But FAA And Local Authorities Says It Is All Legal

If you've ever wondered what it might be like to shoot at targets with a military-style rifle from a helicopter, you might want to take a trip to Denton, TX. Helicoptersniper.com will, for just under $800, take you on a 15 minute flight over their gun range for just such an "adventure."

The business has generated some familiar arguments, according to television station WFAA. Company owner Dan Claasen told the station that what they are doing is perfectly safe ... "like the ultimate video game." He says that no one's life is in danger from the activity.

Michael Lauer, who lives near the operation, has a different perspective. He told the station that it has turned the neighborhood into a "war zone."

Claasen said that there is not an airborne client every day, and that his helicopter is "the world's safest and quietest." Lauer said that the first time they flew, they were "hovering right over our two acres shooting at whatever."

While local authorities and the FAA say there is nothing illegal about firing weapons from the aircraft, Lauer and others who live near the range are considering legal action against the company.

FMI: www.helicoptersniper.com

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