Florida gun range chain bans renting guns
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida's largest independent gun shop chain has stopped renting guns at its eight locations across the state.
Shoot Straight, which has a location in Fort Myers, made the decision at the end of last year after a growing number of suicides at gun ranges.
In November, a man shot himself to death inside Shoot Straight's Pinellas Park range. Less than a year before that, a man fatally shot himself at a Tampa branch.
Fox 4 reached out to the chain's headquarters in Apopka, but they didn't want to comment.
Shoot Straight's founder told the Orlando Sentinel last week, "We've had enough. [Suicides] have been increasing real fast and one common denominator: every one is done with a rental gun."
"It's a valuable part of the industry. It's something that people need to do before they buy a firearm.
You need to try something before you buy something," Jon Dezendorf, the manager at Fowler Firearms, said.
Fowler Firearms is now the only Lee County public range that rents guns. They say about 50% of their customers rent them.