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.