Took my 3 guns to the range today - have 5 free hours to use up - and found myself coming away a bit conflicted. Conflicted as to what I really feel in regard to; etiquette, rights, guidelines, rules...what have you. While I'm waiting to be checked in I engaged in a short conversation with the group (3 guys) in front of me. We were waiting on the rangemaster to come back to check us in because he was on the range working with an individual shooter. During our chat the guys in front of me pointed out an elderly gentleman (and his wife) who was walking around, rather aimlessly, inside the range area and mentioned that neither one of them had ever handled or fired a handgun - not sure how they knew this but as time went on it became apparent that they (the 3 guys) were correct. I wasn't thrilled about being near a completely novice shooter but, hey...free country, right? The rangemaster comes back and apologizes for having us wait explaining that he had to get out there before that guy (not the older fella - a different one altogether) shot his hand off. He further stated that the guy was shooting a 45 semi-auto and had apparently never shot one before. He was missing the entire back board when he shot and did not seem to understand how to hold a handgun...OK, I'm a bit more nervous, now. I finally get on the range and notice that the older gentleman was now standing in his stall, which was 2 over from me, but had not as yet affixed a target to the backboard (we use a stapler at this range) nor had he loaded his weapon - he had been inside about 10-12 minutes at this point. I was trying to ignore this but, frankly, I was a little concerned about multiple novice shooters with what seemed like minimal range oversight. When I left my booth to find a stapler the same gentleman approached me with, an empty magazine and one 9mm cartridge, asking me "how the heck do you load this da.. thing?" I asked him if he had ever fired a handgun before and he said that he had not. I showed him how to load a round...then I removed the cartridge and asked him to wait a minute. I went out to the rangemaster and told him that the gentleman does not know anything about firearms or firearm safety and that someone should be overseeing his activities. The rangemaster (a very young fellow) explained that they only had so many people on staff and he just can't teach everyone. He did, however, go out to give some pointers to the novice shooter and also moved me about 5 booths over...a wee bit safer, perhaps. I don't know that the gentleman ever fired his weapon while I was there - by the time I was cleaning up he was gone - but that is where I am left a little conflicted. I know everyone should be afforded the right to own and operate a gun, but I am not a big fan of being around potentially dangerous situations. I'm not sure what, if anything, the range should do with these types of situations but I gotta tell ya..not real comfortable with some of the folks looking to scratch that itchy trigger finger. Sorry for the ramble...I feel a bit better, now.