‘Constitutional activist’ banned from state owned gun range for refusing to sign in


In a story published earlier this month, we revealed that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had stopped using waiver forms at their ranges — forms which legal experts said could have constituted an illegal gun registry.

Ian McGuire — a gun owner and a self-described “constitutional activist” who works as a CNA at the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs — played a key role in that story.

Yesterday, Ian went to FWC’s Cecil M. Webb Shooting Range near Punta Gorda. He saw that the range staff were requiring shooters to sign in and get their hands stamped. Note: they were not using the waiver forms.

Ian refused to sign in or get his hand stamped.

This video he provided shows what happened next.

He was trespassed — banned forever — from the range and from the entire 26,000-acre public nature preserve.

Ian was obviously pushing the envelop, which is what activists do.

This could have been handled better.

I find the sight of armed officers banning people from a public park disturbing.

If FWC is concerned about its image — and it should be — then from a public-relations standpoint this type of conduct is abysmal.



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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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