Man banned from city offices could lose gun permit
By JEFF PARROTT , Tribune Staff Writer
Range (Tribune file photo)
By Tiffany Griffin
Story Created: Sep 15, 2008 at 10:47 AM EDT
Story Updated: Sep 15, 2008 at 10:48 AM EDT
A man who has been banned from most city of South Bend offices for frightening employees while openly carrying a handgun could lose his concealed weapon permit
because of an encounter with his former boss.
Indiana State Police have attempted to notify 25-year-old Stephan Range that his permit has been temporarily suspended, and could be revoked permanently, pending the outcome of a hearing Sept. 26 in Indianapolis, said state police Maj. Jerome Ezell.
State police took that action at the request of South Bend police, who forwarded a copy of a police report from Range’s arrest on a misdemeanor intimidation charge, Ezell said. On June 26, South Bend police said Range threatened Gene Mikolajewski, a retired South Bend police officer whose security firm formerly employed Range.
After Mikolajewski had fired Range, Range came to his office to return some equipment, police said. As the two argued about overtime pay that Range said he was owed, Range said, “You don’t know who you are messing with” and started to leave, Mikolajewski told police.
Before leaving the building, Range then turned and faced Mikolajewski, lifted his shirt to display a holstered handgun and said, “You will be taken care of,” police said.
Later, Range was seen walking around in his security uniform, armed and carrying handcuffs and a baton, Mikolajewski told police.
Intimidation charges against Range are pending before St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jerome Frese. But state police do not need a conviction in such a case to revoke an individual’s gun permit, Ezell said.
The permit revocation process is a matter of civil law, so the state must prove only that it is more likely than not that his permit should be revoked, said Ezell, who serves as attorney for the state police.
It’s relatively rare for permit holders to face a revocation hearing, but when they do, they usually lose. Last year state police conducted 779 hearings and revoked 716 permits, or about 91 percent of the time, according to state police statistics. About 300,000 Hoosiers have the permits, Ezell estimated.
Range has a long-running feud with city officials over issues surrounding his pit bull dogs. St. Joseph Circuit Judge Michael Gotsch recently issued an order permanently banning Range from entering most city offices because he had repeatedly frightened city staff and disrupted their work.