Texas gun range offers assault rifle practice — from a helicopter

By David Edwards
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 14:37 EDT
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Helicoptersniper.com offers assault rifle target practice from a helicopter (WFAA)
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Some residents in Denton, Texas are in fear of ricocheting bullets after discovering that a nearby gun range allows customers to fire their assault rifles from a helicopter.

Michael Lauer and his wife told WFAA that Helicoptersniper.com had turned his peaceful neighborhood into a war zone.

“The first time they were hovering right over our two acres, shooting at whatever,” Lauer recalled. “You really didn’t know, were they shooting at me?”

But Helicoptersniper.com owner Dan Claassen insisted that he is selling a perfectly safe adventure “like the ultimate video game” to gun enthusiasts.

“It’s not like we’re endangering anybody’s life with our flight patterns or our techniques,” he explained. “Everything is totally safe in that regard.”

Helicoptersniper.com offers 15 minute flights at a cost of $795 per person.

“It’s not like we’re hitting this every day,” Claassen said. “So it’s not noise pollution. So there is no noise. It’s the world safest and quietest helicopter.”

According to WFAA, Denton County officials and the Federal Aviation Administration have determined that Helicoptersniper.com was not breaking any laws by allowing customers to fire assault rifles from the air.

Lauer and others in the neighborhood, however, are considering taking Claassen to court.

Watch this video from WFAA, broadcast June 10, 2013.

Watch this video from Helicoptersniper.com, broadcast June 10, 2013.

HELICOPTER SNIPER 2 from Dean Hlavinka on Vimeo.

(h/t: Yahoo News)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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