Regional Public Safety Firearms Training Center

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The Regional Public Safety Firearms Training Center (or Albemarle County Firearms Training Facility) is a $4.5M 36,000 square foot firing range and firearms training center located in southern Albemarle County, open as of March 2021.[1] 36,000 square foot, single-story indoor firing range includes 12 firing positions at both 50 yards and at 100 yards, each capable of training live fire ammunition up to .50 caliber, and a 30-person classroom with audiovisual and distance learning capability.[2] The facility is soundproofed to reduce gunfire noise down to 40 dBA, which is the equivalent to distant car traffic or wind rustling leaves. [3]An initial decision to locate the facility outdoors in Keene was overturned by the Board of Supervisors in August after an outcry from southern residents of the county. $2.9 million in funding for the project was granted to the county from the Virginia attorney general's office. The project is a joint venture of the University of Virginia and the Albemarle County and Charlottesville police departments.[4]

Neighbors and the Piedmont Environmental Council were opposed because the land is in the county's rural area.[5]


  3. Web. Gun firing range ready for use in Albemarle County, May 12th, 8:49 PM EDT 2016, retrieved March 16, 2021.
  4. Web. State gift will go a long way toward police firing range, J. Reynolds Hutchins, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 22, 2013, retrieved December 30, 2013.
  5. Web. City, county reiterate support of Keene shooting range, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 10, 2012, retrieved November 29, 2012.