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Gun group gets grant to upgrade facilities

A Glock 29 10-mm pistol hangs on display

A Glock 29 10-mm pistol hangs on display with other Glock hand guns at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade show in Las Vegas. (Jan. 18, 2012) Credit: AP

State officials on Thursday awarded 13 shooting ranges, including one in Freeport, with $135,000 in total funds to revitalize and improve their facilities, as well as promote safe handling of firearms.

The Freeport Revolver and Rifle Assocation was awarded $15,000 to improve drainage at one of their outdoor ranges and to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, according to a news release from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

“Ranges are key outlets to help develop necessary firearms and archery skills to promote the responsible use of equipment before heading out to the field,” DEC commissioner Joe Martens said.

The funding is part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to promote fishing and hunting and was done in cooperation with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also helped with funding.

Ranges that secured grants also provided a 25 percent match.

More information can be found at www.dec.ny.gov.

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