Members of North Dakota's Fun Mart Cycle Center are looking to start an indoor range.
Tammy and Justin Bohn and three of their employees are attending this weekend’s NRA Range Development and Operations Conference in Charlotte, NC. The North Dakota-based couple were eager to tell NRAblog they have been blessed. “We have a very successful motorcycle dealership with 16 full-time employees,” Tammy said. (Check out their website: KTMhutt.com.) The couple are proud to have a close-knit staff at the dealership, including several nephews and other family members. “We even moved Aunt Linda up from Georgia to help with the store,” Tammy said.
Through casual conversation, the Bohns noticed their employees were interested in handgun shooting. “Almost all the guys own handguns,” Tammy said of her employees. Through a written survey of the store's customers, the Bohns learned something even more interesting: 70% of people who own motorcycles and dirt bikes shoot handguns.
The Bohns own property in Sturgis, South Dakota, and say the area lacks shooting ranges. “The Black Hills need an indoor shooting facility,” Tammy said, noting that “South Dakota is very pro business and pro gun.” (Read NRAblog’s coverage of South Dakota at this year's SHOT Show.)
In addition to serving the area’s residents, the range will be able to accommodate those who attend the Sturgis Rally. Tammy said. “Sturgis is heavy on visitors, seeing some 8,000 people in one six-week period.”
“We want to build a facility that is impressive,” Tammy continued, mentioning their ideal range would have an attached retail area with guns for sale and rent. “If we can get people to the range who are new to guns, we can educate them (on firearms).” More