A man who committed suicide at a Florida gun range Monday visited the business earlier in the day but left without renting a gun, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The man’s death, three weeks after a woman killed her son and then herself at the same gun range – prompted the range to stop renting guns to most customers. A lawyer for the business said there needs to be a state law allowing gun dealers to run the same background check on people who rent firearms as is required for those who buy them.
Gun rentals are continuing at other ranges, despite fears that publicity about the three deaths could prompt others to take their lives in the same manner. The manager at one range said the suicide incidents could prompt others to try the same. He doesn’t think a background check will stop someone intent on committing suicide. “I don’t know how much you can do to stop them,” he said.