Florida anti-gun mayor says ‘no thanks’ to gun range in her city

Mayor Jeri Mouio

Mayor Jeri Mouio, West Palm Beach, Fla.

West Palm Beach could soon have a new shooting range and gun shop in a convenient location close to downtown. But Mayor Jeri Mouio was clear that she doesn’t support the idea – because she doesn’t like guns.

In a media briefing on Thursday, Mouio complimented the city’s planning department, saying it makes project recommendations based on code ordinances and standards in a partial and objective manner.

“That doesn’t mean I always agree with their recommendations,” Mouio said. “I don’t like this gun range in our city.”

City planning department staff approved the development in an industrial zone, but construction of the shooting range requires a variance from the Planning Board because the location is within 1,000 feet of nearby homes. Parks do not have such a requirement, but the mayor indicated that after further review, code changes were likely to be considered to address future projects.

“The fact that I don’t support it doesn’t mean that the process is going to be changed,” Mouio said of the current project. “There’s a process to follow.”

Gun rights advocates were quick to note their dismay at the mayor’s comments.

“To deny law-abiding residents access to a range willing to serve them would be discriminatory against those who chose to exercise their constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” NRA spokeswoman Jacqueline Isaacs said in an email to BizPac Review. “For many, such a facility is a means to obtaining key firearm training and safety information – a benefit to all in the community.”

The mayor admitted that the project is following all the necessary rules.

“This petitioner, this applicant has done everything he can do to make this a more palatable development,” she said. “But the fact that it’s a gun range is concerning to me.”

Mouio said she is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and an advocate for common-sense gun laws. But when asked how those roles have anything to do with her opposition to a gun range, her answer was confusing, at best.

“Well it’s probably a stretch in terms of a direct relationship,” the mayor said. “Research has shown responsible people use a gun range.”

Residents of nearby neighborhoods also are up in arms over the proposed shooting range.

“We want commerce in our city. That’s part of what makes it a great place to live,” Margie Yansura, a West Palm Beach resident, told local TV station WPTV. “But, when you have a business that could negatively impact its neighbors, then that is not the right business for that location.”

The neighborhood’s main complaint appears to be that people will be traveling to and from the range with weapons.  Muoio says there isn’t a noise problem and the site is in a commercial area, so the developers have every right to be there.

“I don’t like guns,” she said, adding that she would prefer another entertainment venue for the site, like paintball or laser tag – “an activity that everyone could enjoy.”

Watch the mayor’s media briefing here.

Watch the WPTV report here.

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.


  • HolyCowRUKiddingme

    I wonder if she has an ARMED bodyguard ?
    Most good Mayors do

    • mack

      Who said she was a good mayor?? and No I did not vote for her

      • Ken Kaminski

        Then get her voted out

    • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

      Most mayors have bodyguards, especially the bad ones.

      • Bob G

        Don’t all racketeers keep some muscle and heaters close by?

    • Chucky Cheese

      who said she was good??? From what I see she is a lousy mayor just from this issue alone.

  • Dalene Kolk

    Good for her, she doesn’t like guns! She doesn’t have to own one, but there most likely many gun owners in her city that would love to have a place to practice. Her job is about the people of her city, not about her! She just may lose her job over this one!

    • wysoft

      Mayor Muoio comes from New York. What a surprise! Guns are “illegal” in New York – or at least, that’s what she thinks. In her mind, she is just doing all of you Floridians a favor by importing her “common sense” attitudes about guns to your poor backwards state. She doesn’t care about Florida’s culture or law.

      • Masmani

        I bet she also thinks Florida needs an income tac…just like New York. The leftists are always trying to socialize the South!

        • Scott

          Don’t give her any ideas!

          • Masmani

            Ok, OK…..

        • LittleRoot_48

          People like her are the reason we 8th generation native Floridians “fled” the People’s Republic of FL and crossed the border

          • Masmani

            Jax native here.

      • Chucky Cheese

        @wysoft:disqus , I am from Florida and I would like to know exactly what you mean by “your poor ‘backwards’ state”??? What are you saying about Florida and Floridians?

        • Gunluvr

          I think you know exactly what they mean. They’ve said it about all of the south at one point or another. I live in the south and I love hearing it especially from anti-gun northerners, it means we’re doing something right.

        • GenEarly

          A little Sarc humor. Chucky. Besides there are 2 Florida’s and WPB is NY/NJ idiots.

          • LittleRoot_48

            I think it is past time to divide FL into 2 states.

        • jlenoreb

          It was sarcasm. Duh!

        • LittleRoot_48

          I am an 8th generation native Floridian who “fled” the state and crossed the border to get away from northern elitists like this mayor. Don’t you know that a lot of people from the northern elitist area of New England look down their noses at anyone who lives below the Mason Dixon line? They think they are doing us a favor by coming down here to live. WRONG!!!

          • conserve1

            That and they have no clue how to drive.

        • wysoft

          I was being sarcastic and inferring that this is how Mayor Mouio, a former New Yorker, views the people of Florida.

          I work in Florida often and enjoy visiting.. Wouldn’t want to live there; too flat for me, I like the mountains.

      • Bob Honiker

        We should string razor wire around New York City to keep them in!

        • jlenoreb

          I know you are using sarcasm too but jeez I like the idea!

          • Bob Honiker

            No sarcasm, I mean it! New York City people are a festering plague on our republic.

      • LittleRoot_48

        From New York? I would have bet my right arm she was a carpetbagger from some snotty New England state. Her elitist attitude is why I wish Fl would break into two states.

    • Lou

      I live here and you are right on target Dalene, she needs the boot!

  • Spiffy

    Does the mayor allow police to have guns and a place to shoot them?

    • Helluva3ngineer

      They’ll gladly use your taxes to build a range for them. After all, they help to control the peasants.

  • ConfusedCarrier

    I’d like to jump all over this since I live 90 minutes from West Palm and have been there to other ranges before, but honestly, I read the article. Shes an anti-gunner sure, but actually, she make a lot of rational, “I see the other side” types of remarks throughout the article and the way I read it, isn’t really trying to stand in the way, she simply said she didn’t like it. As much of a 2A guy as I am, I can’t really complain about this one, this time.

    This time I’d chastise the publisher for wasting my time with this non-news. The only valuable take-away I see is for someone in West Palm who doesn’t know their own mayor’s position, knows it now.

    Meh, Not news.

    • Jason Grant

      I dopn’t agree. Her “seeing the other side” is more along the lines of her lamenting the fact that she can’t force her opinions into law no matter how much she wants to. It should be disturbing to anyone that any politician would disregard the Constitution in favor of their one little opinion. She is also lamenting the fact that, as of yet, she can’t use the zoning commission as a tool to enforce her idea of what the law should be, but maybe she would like that to change. Sound familiar? They tried that to keep Chik-Fil-A out of Boston. It didn’t work, but it’s discouraging to see more and more politicians trying to figure out a way to make it work.

      • ConfusedCarrier

        I won’t go so far as to say I stand corrected, but I agree that you have illuminated the topic with some wisdoms I didn’t consider in my kneejerk response. Your points make a lot of sense. I don’t agree with her, but i simply don’t think it’s that big a deal that she has a “bellybutton” Opinions are like them, everybody has one. Especially politicos – Now we know how she thinks and we know not to vote for her, but it sounds like the gun range will get its day in the sun regardless. I was only crediting her for not totally dissing the pro gun side completely like so many of her kind always do.

        • Masmani

          I think you overestimate her willingness to fairly consider something she detests. You can tell her remarks were tempered by political considerations only because of a very strong gun constituency that exists in FL. If she’s a member of Bloomberg’s anti-gun group for mayors you can bet she’d confiscate them all tomorrow if she thought she could and will do everything she can behind the scenes to defeat it!

          • ConfusedCarrier

            Perhaps I do, but at least she gave it lip service. So many won’t even do that. I was trying to take the high road. Come over to my page at facebook/OpsSurplus – the liberty loving patriots quartermaster supply store and pro 2A fan page and you will see, you and me, we are squarely and firmly on the same side. I really did not want to plug that, but I sure as heck don’t want anybody here thinking I’m a shill and it’s my most expedient form of credibility in that regard. Cheers and keep fighting the good fight!. :)

          • Masmani


          • ConfusedCarrier

            Thanks :)

          • jlenoreb

            Lip service is as good as a condom with a hole in it!

          • ConfusedCarrier


        • jlenoreb

          Most liberals tread softly just before they hit you in the head with their big ass bat that we all pay for!!!

        • LittleRoot_48

          Sorry, but her “bellybutton” won’t work to change things to suit her, but her opinion just might.

          • ConfusedCarrier

            Have you considered that, first off the world is not 100% black and white, and thus neither should opinions be? A person who can articulate both sides is seeing in gray and is as such open to sway on the balance, as for example, none of you in the last few one-liner messages sound at all… Id rather try to sway her, than you… so far.

    • Czechbikr

      Both the publisher’s idea and the mayor, who most likely “gave” them the story, are pushing their agenda and are trying to mobilize public opinion against this facility. Students of Alinsky no doubt. The Communists worked the same way in the early 1900’s in Russia.

      • ConfusedCarrier

        Now that’s a point I can chew on. Hadn’t considered the manipulated propaganda angle on something as critical to the planet on a local zoning ordinance. hehe.

        • Cory Hicks

          She has as much right sticking her nose into a zoning issue as Obummer had in sticking his nose into a local homicide case…none! I have a small town near me in North California that has gone as far as passing an ordinance to make it a nuclear free zone and a safe haven for service members that desert their posts during times of war. These politicians have a narrow beam of authority and feel as though they can push their opinions on things they have no right to even comment on.

          • ConfusedCarrier

            I kind of thought setting her opinion issue aside for a moment, that in general a mayor’s job was as the sort of chief of city administration. I’ll have to go do some wikipedia-ing I suppose. But I would think zoning to be within her bailiwick. I think that this might be WHY her opinion is of such concern as indicated by the highly charged emotional responses that this thread is comprised of.

  • David Atherton

    If I were the developer, I’d find land OUTSIDE the city limits where the city could never make a dime off their patrons.

    • Joe Coastie

      If I was a developer I would leave a huge inflatable cock on the property that was suppose to be the range and tell Jeri to get down there and suck on it.

      • Doug

        You certainly represent your side as a rational and classy individual.

        • Joe Coastie

          Thanks I don’t have a side, just common sense.

          • woodgrain

            An inflatable one. LOL

        • Dusty Rhodes

          Oh blow it out your A$$, gun grabber.

        • LittleRoot_48

          Oh, lighten up.

    • peter gozinya

      Interesting if it does not get approved and built. Let’s see contractors aren’t hired, real estate folks don’t make money on the land sale, the land becomes a wasteland, sales of ammo go to another city, gas is sold outside where they travel to and from the range (somewhere else), they eat in another city, they shop while visiting another city. Yep, doing WPB a great service there. She would rather see non-violent things there, paintball as she mentioned. Yeah, right, I wonder what she’s smoking. But she said she’s against it, she’s not going to veto it and not interfere and not allow it. She’s probably just under the table putting pressure on the zoning commission to make sure it doesn’t get built. Oh and lets not forget about real estate taxes they will lose too by not being paid by the people that own the range.

  • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

    The stupid liberal mayor is afraid of guns. Boo hoo. A gun range used by responsible gun owners is of no danger to homes or parks. Firearms are legal in FL. Concealed carry is also legal. Legal gun owners will go to ranges. The city can have a gun range that pays city taxes or it will be built elsewhere and her city won’t get any taxes.
    Street guns owned by criminals are a different story. Old story: Good people with guns stop bad people with guns.

    • woodgrain

      She needs a better education on them and maybe some hands on experience will give her a better idea what she thinks she’s afraid of. I’d have to bet she will have a smile on her face after shooting a little bit especially if she’s set up with a pistol or rifle that suits her. :)

  • drstonesr1

    This all about the governments pushing fear about guns over and over again. They are pushing this in the schools and on TV. Look at this 1995 video clip of US Attorney Eric Holder when he worked for Bill Clinton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYyqBxD-3xw

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    • gatorbait51

      Ptobably not, too many New Yawkahs come down to escape the cold and the repressive taxes then demand the repression. They’re a disease .

  • jim

    so she would rather that nobody gets proper gun training and practice in a safe location

  • GiantinGa

    So instead of having a place that can train citizens in the safe and responsible use of firearms, she instead wants a business that capitalizes on customers actively hunting and shooting each other…. yeah…. that makes sense

    • Jason Grant

      I laughed at that too. Instead of teching responsibvle ownership, lets put in one of two different game places that involve issuing children mock firearms to hunt and shoot each other. Makes perfect sense in a liberal mind.

    • R.C.

      Maybe she would rather them build a strip club

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