Maryland Small Arms Range sued over Ladies Day promotion

7:02 PM, Aug 22, 2012   |    comments
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By Tom Roussey

Upper Marlboro, MD (WJLA/CNN) - A Maryland gun range is being sued for offering women free admission on Mondays.

The man who is suing says it isn't fair to men.

The Maryland Small Arms Range in Upper Marlboro is popular with lots of folks. Even Lt. Governor Anthony Brown has been there with his son.

Monday has long-been Ladies Day at the range, but now the range is being sued over it.

The issue is, is it wrong if he had to pay more to be there on Mondays than she did?

"Just because I'm a man doesn't mean I should have to pay more," said Derrick Hunter.

Hunter filed a lawsuit for $200,000 with his attorney, Jimmy Bell. Hunter is a special police officer, and last October he went to the range on Ladies Day to practice shooting.

"They told him he had to pay $15, he said, fine, he paid the money," said Bell.

"Two ladies came up behind me. He told them they were free. So I asked him, I said why did I have to pay to use the range and they didn't," said Hunter.

"He said, because they're women, and you don't fit the criteria," said Bell.

Hunter complained to the Prince George's Human Relations commission, who agreed the range was breaking the law.

"He's opened up a bag of worms with this decision," said gun range President Carl Roy.

Roy says if what he's doing is illegal, then so are discounts for seniors, children, and the military.

"I don't see anything discriminatory about it. It's a promotion that we run, just as any other business is entitled to run a promotion," said Roy.

First-time range user Nautical Brown says Ladies Day makes her more likely to come back.

"Especially if I can get in for free, of course yeah," she said.

Some guys are fine with that.

"Guys are going to pay to go where the ladies are, so if they get in for free, that's going to influence us to come out," said another gun range user, Tim Goode.

"If they made him pay more money because he was black, would you still have that way of looking at it," said Bell.


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