Cuomo administration launches grant program for shooting ranges

The Cuomo administration, which has been under criticism from firearms-rights supporters for the state's new gun-control laws, has launched a new grant program for shooting ranges.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says the new program will distribute $65,000 in matching grants this year for non-profit or municipal firing ranges across the state. The money comes from federal firearms tax money which is required to be used for educational programs.

Grant applications are being taken through May 31.

Ranges are used for developing firearms and archery proficiency necessary for safe and ethical hunting.