With the increase of gun violence nationwide, you’d think Bill Edwards would be facing a lot of opposition opening the Triangle Shooting Academy (TSA), a 41,000-square-foot indoor gun range in Brier Creek.
But he hasn’t received one complaint.
It could be because the land, between Hwys 540 and 70, was already zoned for the purpose. But Edwards thinks it’s all in the numbers—Wake County’s demographic, specifically.
TSA has more than two million people in a 40-mile radius, with a large number devoted to outdoor pursuits. We’re one of the few areas in the U.S. that hosts Cabela’s, Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Shops and Field and Stream.
But the nearest gun range (of this size) is hundreds of miles away.
“There’s nothing like it in the Carolinas, period,” says Edwards.
It will be one of the largest indoor ranges in the Southeast when it opens in mid-January. Edwards says it will alleviate crowding at the Wake County Firearms Education & Training Center in Holly Springs where local law enforcement goes for training and certification. TSA will offer law enforcement a separate entrance and 24-hour access.
The “Gun-try Club,” as Edwards calls it, will offer both indoor and outdoor shooting and feature a restaurant, VIP lounge, play area for kids and a virtual range that simulates video games. There will also be a full-time gunsmith in house, and Sig Sauer will run a retail store (one of 10 in the U.S.).
So far, Edwards says he’s sold 600 annual memberships, to some from as far away as Virginia and Greensboro, and about a dozen lifetime memberships.