Tommy Bushnell lifts the AR-15 rifle and aims at his target.
Some of the other shooters in this indoor gun range near the Los Angeles airport are aiming at human-shaped paper targets complete with red internal organs, but Bushnell’s is just a simple outline of a blue man on a white background.
He shoots ten times. But when he retrieves the target, he’s not happy with the results. The bullet holes are too widely spaced, too far from the centre mass, and one — a “flyer” — missed entirely.
“It’s not too good of a grouping there. It’s quite atrocious,” he says, laughing. The National Rifle Association-certified instructor may have been put off by the journalist standing next to him pointing a camera.
Or maybe he’s still tense because he spent the past half hour talking about why California politicians have made the rifle he’s holding a whole lot tougher to buy.
“You have to understand that this particular rifle is just a semiautomatic tool for, you know, sport,” Bushnell says. “And, basically, it’s everybody’s right to be able to own one if they want to.”
by Kim Brunhuber