Virginia: Good News! Outdoor Ranges In National Forests Are Open Again!

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Good News! Outdoor Ranges In National Forests Are Open Again!

Virginia – -( The outdoor shooting ranges in Virginia National Forests are now open again!

There are two caveats:

  • Only every other lane is open (ridiculous, as the lanes are 8 feet wide and these are outdoor ranges)
  • There are NO restroom facilities (but at least there are lots of trees in a forest). This is a particularly unfortunate situation for the fairer sex. Take care of business before arriving at the range.

Thanks to Virginia Citizens Defense League members Steve Wirt and Mike Madden for the information. Steve, who worked the closed ranges situation hard, confirmed physically that Pott’s Slope and the Blacksburg range were open. Mike sent an email confirming that all the ranges are now open.

Virginia Citizens Defense LeagueAbout Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

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We have “permission” to exercise our rights again…well, every other 8 feet or so.


If these were National forests, why were they even closed to begin with. The Feds didn’t close them and the governor has no authority over.

Ryben Flynn

State Department of Natural Resources maintain the ranges in the National Forests. The Federal Government has Forest Rangers to patrol and man fire watch towers. They have nothing to do with shooting ranges except to designate where one may be built. AFAIK.


Thanks to those that made this happen, now we just need to get back the other half of our rights.

Ryben Flynn

Only the manned ranges in South Carolina are open and with restrictions. Four, just FOUR out of 16 free public shooting ranges. Twin Ponds is the closest to me at a 3 hour drive one way. At least I have my backyard, but only 50 yards. From abccolumbia dot com. COLUMBIA, S.C. (PRESS RELEASE) — The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) will be reopening all manned SCDNR-managed shooting ranges Tuesday, May 5. Those ranges include the Twin Ponds Range in Charleston County, Wateree Rifle & Pistol Range in Richland County, James O. Thomason Range in Spartanburg County… Read more »