Couples tie the knot in Las Vegas holding a firearm before enjoying private VIP access to a shooting range

All-smiles: The couple tie the knot at The Gun Store where they have paid £300 for a wedding package including access to a shooting range

Couples in the US are celebrating their wedding by shooting a firearm of their choice after exchanging their vows.

In bizarre scenes, they are also posing with shotguns on their special day as they attend The Gun Store in Las Vegas to exchange their vows.

The ‘shotgun weddings’ are still proving popular despite the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school that sparked debate about US policy on gun control. Organizers The Gun Store insist no weddings have been cancelled in the wake of the tragedy and bookings are still flooding in.

Couples travel from all over the world, including the UK, to tie the knot at the store in full bridal wear – before firing semi-automatics as well as pistols, UZIs and AK47s.

The £300 package includes an ordained minister, access to a private VIP shooting range and five shots on a shotgun for the bride and groom. Emily Miller, an ordained minister at the Gun Store, said: ‘We’re here because people love each other and guns.

Guns don’t have to be about anger and hate. This is a fun and energetic way to get out their aggressions and emotions.’Since February last year, ten Shotgun Weddings have been conducted each month. One couple travelled from their home in Ottawa, Canada, where gun laws are much stricter than Nevada.

They later moved to the special marble-floored VIP shooting range to seal their vows by blowing away their Nazi zombie targets.

Aaron Dickson, also an ordained minister at the Gun Store, said: ‘One thing I like to do is to have you guys share a lane together so you can enjoy watching each other shoot.

‘To start off the marriage appropriately you guys get to start sharing right away – that’s the whole idea.’

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