FORT MYERS, Fla. - When Ken Silver, the owner of The Gun School in Bonita Springs, sent out a letter to local media outlets this summer, he included the logo of the Better Business Bureau. The same logo can be found on his website. Yet if you check the BBB's website you'll find an alert. The Gun School isn't accredited with the BBB and the company has refused to remove the BBB's logo.
WINK News Call For Action also has new details about the training you receive at the Gun School. In our undercover video, you can see the students fire two rounds at a cork board inside of a conference room. Two gun experts we showed that video to say not not firing a real gun with real bullets is not good enough training.
"There's absolutely no regard for the students legal protection or their safety," said Keith Hanson of On-Sight Tactical Training Institute.
"My personal opinion on the intent of the law is not to put a toy pistol in somebody's hand and fire it in an indoor range," said Buck Holly of CTG Firearms Fundamentals.
Patrick Buckley is a defense attorney and firearms instructor in Fort Myers. He specializes in self-defense and stand your ground cases. We wanted to know if an instructor providing insufficient training would be held liable in the case of an accidental shooting.
"If somebody is not properly trained and somebody goes to an instructor for proper training and doesn't receive it, or worse they receive improper training, yeah I would look to them for liability," said Buckley.
Buckley couldn't comment on the Gun School or our undercover video because he used to represent Ken Silver. But he did stress the importance of proper firearm training.
"Not teaching your students to do this is doing a disservice to them, it's putting them at risk and possibly putting the public at risk," said Buckley.
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which regulates concealed weapons permits, says Silver's license is in good standing with the state. It's not clear if the organization will start an investigation as a result of our undercover video.