According to the Seattle PI, not all ranges are created equal when it comes to not only the facilities, but the policies regarding qualifications of the individuals shooting there. At Federal Way Indoor Range, the staff carefully screen every new shooter before they are allowed to rent or shoot at the range. At times, this can be difficult for the customers to understand. It is not meant to discourage or embarrass anyone. This is to prevent life threatening injuries from occurring to themselves and to others while shooting. Every shooting stall has the universal firearms safety rules posted, and every shooter reads & signs the rules, and is given an individual safety briefing before and after entering the range. In addition, the petitions at Federal Way Indoor Range are “bullet proof”. So, you don’t have to worry about a stray bullet entering your shooting stall from the shooter next door. Please, remember to observe ALL of the Universal Safety Rules when shooting.
Man shot in both arms at Bellevue gun range sues
BY LEVI PULKKINEN, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF
Published 10:36 pm, Monday, July 15, 2013
A man shot in both arms during an accidental shooting at a Bellevue gun range has sued the range and the man who shot him, claiming both failed to take appropriate care.
In a lawsuit filed July 11 against Wade’s Eastside Guns, attorneys for the man contend he was hit in the arms after a bullet fired by another Wade’s customer blew through a divider separating two shooting booths.
According to the lawsuit, the offending customer was firing a Smith & Wesson pistol that was “rather new” to him in a neighboring lane at Wade’s range. As the man raised his arms to shoot, the other customer accidentally fired through the foam lane divider.
The 9 mm bullet struck the man in the right arm, powered through it, then tore through his left arm as well, leaving him seriously injured, according to the lawsuit.
“Wade’s did not screen gun range customers for basic knowledge of safe gun operation,” attorneys Susannah Carr and Ian Birk told the court. “No safety rules were posted in the shooting lanes.”
The attorneys went on to fault Wade’s for failing to install durable partitions between the shooting booths.
Wade’s did not return requests for comment Monday.
In addition to the shooting range, the injured man has sued the other customer. Neither has yet responded to the lawsuit, which is filed in King County Superior Court.