That's an accurate illustration of me these days...my travel schedule scares me, and I'm supposed to be used to it!!!
When I light someplace, I plan to put together an open letter to NSSF, the NRA and the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation outlining the issues I think we all face — based on your excellent comments, first and foremost the shortage of ranges — and a viable solution for those problems. My thinking on the solution is 30% of Pittman-Robertson, effective for the 2009 collections (which show the windfall 29% increase driven by our money). That should amount to $120 million the first year, which would translate into the beginnings of a Ben Avery-style range in every state in the Union.
I will suggest that NSSF's range planners create a model that states can work from. I will also suggest that the money be contingent on ranges offering programs for handguns, rifles and shotguns — a skeet field alone isn't a range in the sense that we are talking about it here. To be funded a range must also make provisions for outside training to be available.
Does that about sum it up?????