I joined a gun club in order to avoid range fees, and people that don't follow gun safety. More than the cost, (the local gunshop range charges $12/hour), it was the long wait, and unsafe behavior of some. Recently, I heard from a friends, the wait time was over two and a half hours. As others have said, lots of new shooters, which is a good thing, especially if they get propertly trained, but it does make ranges very busy. I also think the recent controversy and media attention has made people already into shooting re-discover it or at least want to participate more again.
Long story short, see if there is a club in your area that is accepting members, and if you like their facilities, join it. You will shoot more, with less stress, and probably meet some good folks.