Machine Gun Rentals


As we were driving up to the entrance of Out of Africa, we saw a building to our right with a sign on it. This is what the sign looked like:


We did not investigate the building, but with a quick Google search, I found it is the Copper Star Indoor Shooting Range.

Here’s a map of the area:      Map of Copper Star Indoor Shooting Range

On the map you can see the Copper Star Indoor Shooting Range, Out of Africa Wildlife Park, and the Yavapai County Jail, all snuggled together in the same area. While I’m pretty sure the rented machine guns are only to be used within the shooting range, it’s disturbing to think of someone renting a machine gun and taking it into the wildlife park to shoot up some animals or using it in a jailbreak from the county jail.

But you know how it is in Arizona (or if you don’t know how it is in Arizona, I’ll tell you now): People gotta have their guns!

The Guns & Ammo Network website voted Arizona the #1 best state for gun owners in 2014. Here’s what the Guns & Ammo Network had to say about this honor:

It was a tight race for the top spot, but it came down to the intangibles. The Grand Canyon State takes the top spot again this year, and for good reason. It has the most well-established competitive shooting scene in the nation and a culture that embraces shooters and the shooting sports. Arizona is the home of Gunsite, the nation’s oldest and best known private shooting school; the 1,650-acre Ben Avery shooting facilty [sic]; as well as numerous firearm manufacturers including Ruger. Concealed and open carry are legal without a permit, and the state also issues permits to residents who travel outside the state. CCW permits from all other states are recognized. Arizona does not restrict legally possessed NFA items, magazines or MSRs.

To read the article about the best states for gun owners in 2014, go here:

To learn more about the Copper Star Indoor Shooting Range, go here:

About Blaize Sun

I live in my van, which makes me a rubber tramp. I like to see places I've never seen before, and I like to visit the places I love again and again. I like to play with color. I make collages and hemp jewelry and cheerful winter hats. I take photographs and (sometimes, not in a long time) write poetry. All of those things make me an artist. Although I like to spread joy and to make people laugh, my wit can be sharp. I try to stay positives in all situations, to find the goodness in all people. But I often feel compelled to point out bullshit when I smell it. I like to have fun, to dance, to eat yummy food, to sit by a fire and share stories. I want to know what people hold dear and important, not just make surface small talk. This blog is a way for me to share stories. This blog is made up of my stories, rants, and observations, as well as my photographs.

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    • Oh, no, New England, it is real!

      (Next time I’m in Quartzsite, AZ, I MUST get a photo of the “check your guns at the door sign” on the front of the public library.)

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