Airsoft Shooting Range in Montgomery Mall to Close After One Month

Aim Point, an airsoft shooting range that opened in Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda less than a month ago, will close in January.

Aim Point is located outside of the food court area across from Popeyes.

According to an Aim Point employee, the decision to close the organization was made at the corporate level of Westfield Montgomery Mall. The employee said several customers were concerned about having a shooting range in the mall.

But unlike a normal shooting range, Aim Point is in the business of imitation firearms, thought its airsoft rifles look realistic. Per U.S. Code Chapter 76 on “Imitation Firearms,” the barrel of the airsoft rifles are marked with an orange plug, to symbolize that the rifle isn’t an authentic firearm.

Airsoft rifles use “BBs” instead of bullets, which are the size of the pebble and are made of plastic. Aim Point allows people 16 years or older to participate in the arcade-style shooting range wearing goggles and aiming the rifles at targets. Children younger than 16 can also participate as long under adult supervision.

WUSA9 reported that people have taken to the social media app Nextdoor to express concerns about the airsoft shooting range.

A December 4 review on Westfield Montgomery’s Facebook page criticized the mall for opening Aim Point.

“The fact that Westfield allowed AIM Point to open in the face of mall shootings is irresponsible and poor judgment. My friends and I won’t be patronizing the mall anymore,” the reviewer said.

Westfield Montgomery Mall did not respond to MyMCMedia’s request for comments on the matter. It’s unclear what will replace Aim Point in Montgomery Mall.

There’s currently one other airsoft shooting arena in Montgomery County called Tactical Airsoft Arena in Rockville.

  • Some mall-goers were concerned about how realistic the airsoft rifles looked.

  • People who participated at Aim Point would aim their airsoft rifles at bullets wearing protective goggles.

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About Deirdre Byrne

Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.

Comments

4 Responses to “Airsoft Shooting Range in Montgomery Mall to Close After One Month”

  1. On December 19, 2019 at 6:38 am responded with... #

    What did you expect in Montgomery County. Land of the weak.

  2. On December 19, 2019 at 11:40 am responded with... #

    Totatlly inappropriate for a mall in this day and age, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to prove that.

  3. On December 19, 2019 at 1:43 pm responded with... #

    Bravo!

  4. On December 21, 2019 at 1:01 pm responded with... #

    Glen Echo had a .22 caliber shooting range back in the day. The Fireman’s Carnival, Montgomery Co. Fair, Maryland State Fair all had shooting galleries. If a shooting range with a toy rifle shooting 6 mm plastic pellets helps shopping malls survive, why not? We’re saying it’s good enough for Rockville but not Bethesda. Lighten up.

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