A gun range owner is under fire for what one man is calling “discriminatory practices” against its male patrons. According to CBS Los Angeles, Riverside Magnum Range offers free admission to women every Thursday in an attempt to educate women on handling a firearm.
“The world is crazy and I think it’s something everyone should understand and know how to,” said seventeen-year-old Makayla Gouvea, a Ladies’ Night regular.
Another patron, Joy Atterholt, agrees, praising the Thursday tradition. “I’m more relaxed when I’m using my firearms and not worried if I’m going to be judged as much,” she told reporters.
Magnum’s owner, Peter Lee, started Ladies’ Night a few years ago in an attempt to reduce the number of accidental deaths caused by mishandling a gun, an unfortunate occurrence that is not unheard of in households with guns. “If the woman come here, they might know more chance to handle the gun safely,” said Lee.
It appears that not everyone is happy with the program; an Orange County man has issued a letter to Lee threatening legal action over what he feels to be gender-based discrimination. Apparently, men are allowed to utilize the range on Thursdays, but they must pay the $15 fee. The man is upset that he had to pay while women were admitted for free and demands compensation from the range.
The letter reads in part:
“Promotions such as those mentioned above constitute civil rights violations under the California Unruh Civil Rights Act and entitle the individual subject to discrimination to statutory damages.”
Patrons have reacted in shock to his letter.
“A man should not feel discriminated against a woman learning how to defend herself,” said Dee Delgado.
“He could come pay for it, I don’t understand why he would cut off other people,” agreed Gouvea.
Jason Gouvea, Makayla Gouvea’s father, is also confused by the man’s letter. “Maybe this guy doesn’t have a mother or sister or a daughter, I don’t know,” he said.
At this time, Lee has no interest in discontinuing the program, despite what his lawyers are advising. He said he is even willing to go to court to fight for the program in a legal setting.