Members not adhering to the rules are subject to suspension of membership privileges up to and including expulsion from the club!
Reference: LC & SA Constitution Article III, Section 3 & 3a.
Revision: July 2016
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES - ALL RANGES
- All Federal, State and Local firearms laws must be obeyed.
- Safety is the first consideration in using firing ranges.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
- Eye and ear protection is mandatory for all shooters and spectators.
- No alcoholic beverages shall be consumed prior to or during your time on the range. No drugs, prescription or consumer medications, may be taken prior to or during time on the range that could render the shooter unsafe.
- Long guns not cased are to be racked or benched with the action open, magazines removed. Pistols are unloaded and placed on a firing bench pointed down range with action open and magazine removed, or cased or holstered when not on the firing line. No one is to go down range until pistols are made safe or holstered.
- If there is no Certified Range Safety Officer present, a temporary RSO will be appointed from among the shooters on the line. It will be the RSO’s duty to maintain safety and order on the line.
- Any shooter who sees an unsafe condition will call a cease fire and all firing will stop immediately, muzzles pointed in a safe direction, fingers off the trigger, and wait for further instructions until the condition has been corrected.
- When a cease fire is called to check or replace targets, all firearms must be unloaded, benched with the actions open. No one will proceed down range until all firearms are verified safe.
- No one will approach the bench or handle firearms when anyone is down range. Shooters will step back from the line to confirm no one is touching a firearm.
- Ensure all rounds fired are impacting the backstop. Target stands are to be placed directly in front of the berms. Short range low targets may cause rounds to skip over the backstop and leave the range.
- Shoot only authorized paper targets. No glass, plastic, wood, steel or other reactive targets are allowed except with prior written approval from the Board of Directors.
- Do not shoot barricades, anchor posts, target stands or support wires.
- Shoot only authorized firearms and ammunition. No tracer, exploding or armor piercing ammunition is allowed.
- Shooters are responsible to police up brass, targets, and trash. Put all trash in the trash barrels when finished shooting. Please deposit all empty cartridge casings in the recycling “bird houses” provided at the range.
- Return target stands, barrels, barricades, etc., to their proper storage locations. Leave the ranges cleaner than you found them.
- Food, beverages and smoking is prohibited on the firing line.
- Only members and guests that are signed-in at the club house are permitted on the ranges. Members are fully responsible for the actions and conduct of their guests. Parents and guardians are fully responsible for the actions and conduct of their children.
- In the event of any serious accident refer to the emergency procedures and call 911 immediately.
- NO muzzles are to be pointed above the top of any berm.
- Violations of Standard Operating Procedures, range rules, specific procedures, or any unsportsmanlike conduct may result in the temporary or permanent loss of membership as determined by the Board of Directors.
PROCEDURES FOR LEAGUES AND SHOOTING EVENTS
- Our primary objective is to conduct safe and enjoyable events for our members and guests.
- During any LC & SA league or shooting event it is the responsibility of the chairperson or event leader to ensure that club SOP’s, range rules, and league rules are followed. Other duties include:
- Inspect the range and clean debris from the range, impact area, firing line, safety zone, and spectator area (Range Checklist).
- Make sure all targets, backers, and lane markers are properly installed.
- Ensure the release from liability form is completed prior to the shooter participating.
- Maintain a list with the names of the participants.
- Identify participants as members or non-members.
- Collect the fees and turn in the money to the club treasurer.
- Provide sufficient Range Safety Officer support – normally a minimum of one safety officer per five shooters. If there are questions, ask the Firearms Committee.
- Maintain a list of work hours for club members.
- Give a briefing before the event takes place. This will include a summary of the event, the safety rules, what is expected of the shooters, the course of fire, and any unique considerations.
- Safety rules are posted on all ranges.
- All standard league events require a cold range be maintained. No firearm is to be loaded until the command “Load and make ready!” is given. It is the responsibility of the RSO to maintain safety and order on the line.
- Shooters who display disruptive, unsafe, or unsportsmanlike conduct may be removed from the event at the discretion of the chairperson or the event leader.
- If an offender becomes combative, 911 is to be called.
- During IDPA and Pistol League events, the event rules, along with the range rules, will be in effect.
- In case of an emergency involving a firearm, clear the range and take charge of the firearm.
- If the accident involves a gunshot injury, the police need to be notified. When calling 911, relay this information at the time of call.
- Call 911 and send someone to the gate to guide the responders to the injured party.
- If anyone is a first responder, have them render aid.
- A first aid kit and AED are located in the trap house, club house and pistol barn.
- Take notes and get statements from everyone on site. This includes their name, address, phone, and what they witnessed. If they say they didn't see anything have them put that in a statement. The police will need this information. (Injury Report)
- The President, Vice-President or Board Member needs to be contacted immediately.
- Above all keep the injured person calm and warm until help arrives.