Tom Lee of Freeport says the Walton County Commission voted on the gun range issue without understanding what it was about.

Well, they've done it again.


Walton County politicians have voted on something they know nothing about. According to an article in the Northwest Florida Daily News, the county commission approved a new gun range on U.S. Highway 331. Hooray for that.


But guns over 5.56 mm (.223 caliber) must use noise suppressors (at least they did not call them silencers) and there are several problems with that.


A: .223 diameter is just slightly over a .22 rimfire diameter so that alone burdens a large majority of firearms from .25/.357/.380/.9mm caliber and on up.


B: Many firearms cannot be suppressed, so only modified semi-autos and rifles can be used.


C: Suppressors do not "suppress" all the noise - only the bang from the powder and not the supersonic crack from the projectile.


D: Suppressors are expensive, often costing more than the firearm, and can take over a year to obtain due to federal rules. So, if the range is built, likely it will soon close due to lack of use and be another waste of money.


Guess we'll have to go back to practicing in the back yard.


Tom Lee, Freeport