A Maryland man who visited a local gun range on "Ladies' Day" was so aggrieved by the fact that women were allowed in for free that he sued the establishment for "reverse sexism."
Derrick Hunter, a special police officer, says he had just paid $15 to enter the Maryland Small Arms Range in Upper Marlboro when two ladies walked up.
"[The manager] told them they were free, so I asked him..., 'Why did I have to pay to use the range and they didn't?,'" Hunter told WJLA. "He said, 'Because they're women, and you don't fit the criteria.'"
Hunter took his claim of "reverse sexism" to the Prince George's Human Relations Commission, where he found a sympathetic ear. Earlier this month, it agreed with Hunter, and found his discrimination charge legit.
"Any time you get any kind of discrimination it does hit home to a certain extent," he told ABC News. "I have children. If don't stand for something you'll fall for anything. Sooner or later you have to stand up for your rights."
And so he did — by filing a $200,000 lawsuit against the range.
"You've got to look at a person's dignity," his attorney, Jimmy Bell, said. "When someone tells you that based on who you are, your physical characteristics, that you have less value to them than someone else, that stings a lot of people."
Not surprisingly, range president Carl Roy doesn't agree with either Hunter or Bell.
"If you read the county ordinance, they are narrowly construing discrimination to mean if you give a discount to somebody, then you got to give it to everyone," Roy said, noting that no one said a thing about JC Penney gave away free haircuts to kids during the month of August.
Bell thinks the range's "Ladies' Day" goes beyond department store freebies. "If someone said because you were Jewish you'd have to pay more money, what would you think about that?," he told ABC. "People don't look at it like that. People think a man should have to take it. And that's now how the law works."
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