CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Each week about a dozen home-schooled students gather with a teacher for a hands-on lab forensics class.
They met at Dominion Gun Range in Chesterfield County on Friday to learn about weapons, ammunition and gun safety.
"I thought it was great, because it would be a new experience," 15-year-old Emmalyn Fry said shortly after firing her dad's .22 caliber rifle.
"I think it's a cool experience, I'm enjoying it so far," 15-year-old Amy Comstock, who shot a pistol for the first time, said.
"To really get experience with the different types of weaponry, different types of ammunition, to get comfortable with this, to realize guns aren't meant to be feared," teacher Carrie Woolfolk said. "They can learn about them and better hands on, than sitting in a classroom, looking at a book."
The owner of Dominion Shooting Range said about a dozen classes have come to the range, most of them from public schools.
Several gun control groups and activists, including the Brady Campaign, were contacted about this story. None of the groups wanted to comment.