… as long as you just go away!
At the NRA Range today, two guys came in who obviously had little (or no) former firearms experience. One of them pulled up a chair behind my lane and sat down. When I turned around, he was holding a Glock in his hands, just admiring it… behind the firing line, pointed at my back. The Range Officer on duty was already dealing with his partner (who’d missed the part of the safety lecture about not pointing your gun cross-range at others) so I approached him and explained that there was no gun handling behind the firing line. He was cranky but complied.
Mere minutes later, he was on the firing line and put his loaded Glock down facing right at me. The RO saw it and immediately addressed it. The guy huffed a bit but fixed the problem.
Not five minutes after that, his partner pulled out a new S&W Bodyguard .380 and handed it to our intrepid shooter. He was apparently quite taken with the markings on the side of the gun because he seemed absolutely unable to stop pointing it sideways to look. The RO again corrected him.
Third time was a charm (or maybe it was three strikes and you’re out), but the guy got genuinely upset at this point. He whined about the RO picking on him, packed up his stuff, and left the range… through the heavy steel door with the giant NOT AN EXIT painted on it in bright red letters. Whether he did that to be a jerk or because he’d also failed to pay attention to the range briefing beforehand, I couldn’t tell you. Let’s assume both.
It’s one thing to be new to shooting. The other guy sharing the lane, who’d also been visited by the RO a couple of times, took it all in stride and spent a solid hour practicing safely.
It’s another to get pissy when other shooters and/or the Range Officer tell you to stop doing something unsafe. Repeatedly. As soon as you step over that line where your fun at the range is more important than everyone else’s safety I say good riddance. If you’re not mature enough to respect basic firearms safety when handling a gun around others, don’t expect us to feel bad when you take your football and pout your way home.
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG