"No More Black Targets" Campaign Launched To Eliminate Black Silhouette Targets At Shooting Ranges
The group has filed a petition to end the use of black silhouette targets and plans to call upon the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors. They argue that a study by University of Illinois researchers that concluded shooters were more likely to fire at a black target and they have associated this to the use of black silhouette targets.
Yara Mekawi, a researcher in the study said, people were “quicker to shoot black targets with a gun relative to white targets with a gun. And…people were more trigger-happy when shooting black targets compared to shooting white targets.”
Similar petitions have been brought forth. In 2015, a Pennsylvania lawmaker wanted to ban the use of human silhouette targets except for law enforcement use, claiming they propagate violence. The No More Black Targets petition had 18 signatures as of Feb. 17.
No More Black Targets has designed alternative designs to be used as opposed to the traditional black silhouette targets.