While the popularity of guns continues to rise, residents in Bay County say shooting ranges are hard to come by.
As a result, county Commissioner Guy Tunnell approached the Bay County Sheriff's Office about opening up their range to the public.
Major Tommy Ford says the Sheriff agreed to make some arrangements, but says the concept is still in the preliminary stages. The range located at US 231 and Campflowers Road is one of two outdoor ranges in Bay County.
"It is a good asset for us, we obviously train pretty frequently up there and it's an important part of our job as being proficient and I think he was very glad to open that based on our discussion with the county," Ford said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are also involved in the project. At this time it is uncertain when the range will open up, but officials say if it is successful they might open up another location with the help of federal and private grants.