^^^ I never said he was a SS. IMO, he was just very irresponsible to go to a gun range with little or no experience and as he was removed, the business thought so as well. Rules are posted.
This range does allow you to shoot their weapons and will assist you in doing so, but this man was using his own firearm....in which case, he needed to know at least the basics before ever coming there.
Someone like that is a danger to himself and to others on a range. He had zero business being there without, at least, another person who was experienced or taking a safety class and beginner class.
I know nothing about gun ownership but if I decided to take up the sport, I would assume that a gun range would be the place to go. I might in fact buy a gun and go to the range which I would assume would be a good place to get lessons or experience.
Nothing you have written shows me that the man was anything other than inexperienced at gun ownership and trying to gain some practice in a safe environment.
If the rules were posted, why was he allowed onto the range in the first place, don't they do a licence check or something?
Possibly it seems obvious to you as an experienced gun owner but to me his actions seem fine. I'd go to a gun range long before I'd start playing with an unfamiliar gun in my house.
You do not have to have a license to purchase a gun in the US. The only requirements I know of are you can't be a felon, mentally ill and must be over 21 to purchase a handgun.
I would hope to Deity that it this would fall into the catergory of common sense that a novice shouldn't not try to handle a firearm on a live range alone. A range is a perfectly acceptable place to gain practice and experience AFTER
one has taken at least the appropriate safety course/beginner class (which every range and gun shop I've ever been to usually offers several times a month) and been on range with an instructor at least once/preferably more.
It is a weapon and should be treated as such. A novice is much more likely to accidentally discharge a firearm, potentially hurting or killing themselves or someone else.
Ideally one should not purchase a firearm until after one learns to use it. It sort of like buying a car, you want to test drive and see what works best for you before committing. Many shops will let you try before you buy for this reason...what works for one person does not work for another and lefties got a whole nother bunch of issues.
Just for example, I've seen a plane flown. It doesn't mean I'm going to go rent a plane and just get in the cockpit and just start flying. I think everyone would agree that is just ridiculous for me to think I could do. Even knowing how to drive a car, I know I should not get in a bus or semi and attempt to drive it without proper training.