Range Owner: Uzi Death Was First-Ever Accident
Bullets and Burgers reopens shooting range
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2014 3:04 AM CDT
Firing range instructor Charles Vacca, left, is seen with the 9-year-old moments before the deadly accident.   (AP Photo/Mohave County Sheriff Department)

(Newser) – The Last Stop outdoor shooting range at Bullets and Burgers in Arizona is open for business again, days after a deadly accident that made headlines around the world. A 9-year-old girl firing an Uzi accidentally killed an instructor at the range Monday, but the owner says that was the first accident in the range's 14-year history. In that time, "we've probably had 100,000 people shoot 5 million rounds of ammunition, and of those, 1,000 to 2,000 of them were children," he tells the New York Times. "We've never given out a Band-Aid; no one's never even got a scratch." He describes instructor Charles Vacca, who was fatally shot when the girl lost control of the weapon, as a highly trained veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who was still in the Army Reserve.

The owner tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal he is aware the case has sparked fierce debate on gun issues, but he describes detractors as "the ones that are sitting downstairs in their mom's basement with their fuzzy slippers and bathrobe and dirty underwear ... because they just hate everything so much." Even some fellow gun-range owners are critical, however, saying they would never have allowed a petite 9-year-old girl to handle a weapon that powerful. The girl was from New Jersey, but Genghis Cohen, owner of a Las Vegas shooting range, tells the AP that many customers who want to fire automatic weapons are tourists from overseas. "They see guns as a big part of American culture, and they want to experience American culture," says Cohen, who is installing a tethering system to stop machine guns from rising up as they fire, like the Uzi did in the accident that killed Vacca.

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2 Sets Of Rules!
Aug 29, 2014 11:11 AM CDT
The newly released transcripts from the conversation between the two is very, very revealing! ------------------------------ "Dad where we going today" "Down to the range hunnie, gotta teach you to shoot. Obama is making us all have to use Sharia Law and my kids are not sharias!" "That's just junk you heard on Fox dad, and then factor in the 56 cans of Natural Lite you drink every night, your 4th grade level education gets all whacky." "No it's true hun, even the bible says that the sharias are coming." ---------------------------2 hours later------------------- "What happened hun, how did it go?" "I told you it was a bad idea. I can hardly hold a cat, never mind a piece of metal." "Well, what happened?' "I shotteded the man as he was showing me how to do it." "Was he a jew?" "How the hell would I know?" "Dats muh girl, aint no liberal gonna mess with muh babay!"
Lightning Bolt
Aug 29, 2014 10:03 AM CDT
When the terrorists show up here you will be glad that ,rednecks will cover you ass.
HANKHILL
Aug 28, 2014 9:54 PM CDT
death trap should be shut down for good!