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:

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My name is Blaize Sun. Maybe that's the name my family gave me; maybe it's not. In any case, that's the name I'm using here and now. I've been a rubber tramp for nearly a decade.I like to see places I've never seen before, and I like to visit the places I love again and again. For most of my years on the road, my primary residence was my van. For almost half of the time I was a van dweller, I was going it alone. Now I have a little travel trailer parked in a small RV park in a small desert town. I also have a minivan to travel in. When it gets too hot for me in my desert, I get in my minivan and move up in elevation to find cooler temperatures or I house sit in town in a place with air conditioning I was a work camper in a remote National Forest recreation area on a mountain for four seasons. I was a camp host and parking lot attendant for two seasons and wrote a book about my experiences called Confessions of a Work Camper: Tales from the Woods. During the last two seasons as a work camper on that mountain, I was a clerk in a campground store. I'm also a house and pet sitter, and I pick up odd jobs when I can. I'm primarily a writer, but I also create beautiful little collages; hand make hemp jewelry and warm, colorful winter hats; and use my creative and artistic skills to decorate my life and brighten the lives of others. My goal (for my writing and my life) is to be real. I don't like fake, and I don't want to share fake. I want to share my authentic thoughts and feelings. I want to give others space and permission to share their authentic selves. Sometimes I think the best way to support others is to leave them alone and allow them to be. I am more than just a rubber tramp artist. I'm fat. I'm funny. I'm flawed. I try to be kind. I'm often grouchy. I am awed by the stars in the dark desert night. I hope my writing moves people. If my writing makes someone laugh or cry or feel angry or happy or troubled or comforted, I have done my job. If my writing makes someone think and question and try a little harder, I've done my job. If my writing opens a door for someone, changes a life, I have done my job well. I hope you enjoy my blog posts, my word and pictures, the work I've done to express myself in a way others will understand. I hope you appreciate the time and energy I put into each post. I hope you will click the like button each time you like what you have read. I hope you will share posts with the people in your life. I hope you'll leave a comment and share your authentic self with me and this blog's other readers. Thank you for reading.  A writer without readers is very sad indeed.

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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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