Citing a “constitutional need,” concealed-carry firearms trainer Leon Spears has announced plans to open a gun store and shooting range in Washington, D.C. The facility, planned for the 2000 block of Queens Chapel Rd. NE, would be the only range in the District open to the public.
In a show of support for the proposed shooting facility, conservative author and media personality Armstrong Williams has said he is considering investing in Spears’ business. “I know it’s going to scare some daylights out of some people when they read about this in the City Paper,” Williams said, “but I gotta tell you something—it has made my day and many others’.”
Spears faces an uphill battle—in November, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced, “I don’t like guns—I don’t think more guns should be the answer,” and she’s expected to fight the proposal. But as D.C. residents continue to battle crime far above the national average, we hope for their sake as well as Spears’ that he ultimately prevails.