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New Gun Range is a Reality Thanks to State Money

December 18, 2013

Albemarle County could soon see a new indoor firing range thanks to money given by the state.

“I'm very excited about what this money can do,” says Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Cuccinelli spoke in front of a crowd of law enforcement officials Wednesday to present them with $33 million.

The money goes towards new crime-fighting equipment like bullet-proof vests, new police cars and statewide training programs.

Cuccinelli explained that the millions of dollars being distributed out to law enforcement comes from a $115 million forfeiture collected by the Medicaid Fraud Unit back in 2012 from the Abbot Labs fraud settlement.

The rest of the money collected goes to help fund law enforcement retirement, prosecution training and mental health care.

“Albemarle County, Charlottesville and UVa police departments got together and are jointly building an indoor regional firearms training facility,” says Cuccinelli.

The creation of the firing range has been a long-time discussion between Albemarle Co. Supervisors and Police. But today Albemarle Co., along with Charlottesville and UVa police each received a check for over $971,000 to go towards the new facility.

The range will serve over 400 officers in Central Virginia and give them real-world training.

“We look forward to having a place to shoot and to practice and to do scenario based training in our community,” says Colonel Steve Sellers, from the Albemarle Co. Police Department.

“It's been a difficult process to get a place to put a range and actually construct one and now with the money the attorney general is giving us we can move forward very quickly,” explained Captain Gary Pleasants, Charlottesville Police Department.

Albemarle Co. also received a check for nearly $400,000 for crisis intervention training, mental health care and a new police vehicle.

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss where the new firing range will be built during their next meeting on January 8th.

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