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FAIRFAX, VA. — Open Range Day is the latest program offered by the National Rifle Association’s Disabled Shooting Services. The event is April 11, 2009 at Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The day focuses on introductory shooting for people with physical disabilities and will offer shotgun, rifle, pistol, and air rifle instruction.

Disabled Shooting Services Manager Vanessa Warner expects around 80 participants for the inaugural event. “This is a pilot program for what we hope to expand to a national program,” Warner said. “The response has been huge, from folks who would like to participate to manufacturers who want to make donations or loans of equipment.”

Warner has secured the support of Colt Defense, Ruger Firearms, White Flyer Target, Remington, Kowa Optimed, Birchwood Casey, Davidson’s, Beeman, and Lapua. “We’re still accepting door prize donations,” Warner said.

The event kicks off with safety instruction conducted by NRA-certified instructors. Participants will enjoy the opportunity to fire a wide variety of firearms.

“The NRA serves as a resource for all shooters and is especially pleased to be able to welcome new shooters into the community,” NRA Executive Director of General Operations Kayne Robinson said. “Open Range Day will introduce safe firearm handling to people who otherwise might not have the opportunity.”

Warner can be reached at NRA Headquarters by calling (703) 267-1495 or e-mailing disabled_shooting@nrahq.org. To learn more about NRA’s disabled shooting programs, visit http://www.nrahq.org/disabled.asp.