As noted in the minutes from the 11/16/10 meeting, the club has decided to purchase general liability insurance.  The insurance company requires the club to have a set of SOPs in order to obtain the insurance.  Gayle Buske was recently certified as an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, which authorizes her to write range SOPs.  Below is posted the proposed SOPs (in text-only formatting so pay no mind to the format) for membership review.  These SOPs will be voted on at the December 2010 meeting.

 

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES

CHIEF OURAY GUN CLUB
Mailing:  PO BOX 1852, Ouray, CO  81427
Range:  21438 HWY 550, Ridgway, CO  81432


 
 
Members and Guests: Members may bring their immediate family; youth under 18 years old must be supervised by a parent. Shooters over the age of 18 must join the club. A member may bring a guest once.

After the first visit, the guest will be expected to join the club if they wish to continue shooting here.  Members must remain with their guest at all times and ensure that their guest obeys all range rules.  Membership is open to any adult citizen of the United States providing they do not have a felony conviction.  Annual Membership dues are renewed annually. In order to join, a perspective member must attend a regular club meeting to apply and be accepted.

ANYONE who does not abide by the Club Rules is subject to Loss of Membership from Chief Ouray Gun Club, Inc. by the Board of Directors Action.

Range Safety Officers, Range Masters, Committee Chairmen, Directors, Club Officers or their designees can refuse you the use of the range for due cause. If you have any questions or complaints, attend a club meeting. You are invited to attend Club Meetings the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Silver Nugget Café in Ouray.

Hearing and Eye Protection is MANDATORY

All firearms and weapons will be unloaded and actions open, except on the firing line. Rifles must have bolts open or slides locked back. Shotguns must be kept actions open and pistols must have cylinder open or slide locked back on the bench and the magazine removed.

Only Paper targets are to be fired at on the Rifle or Pistol ranges without prior written permission from a Club Director or Chairman. Use paper targets on the target boards provided. Targets are not to be placed less than three feet from the ground to prevent ricochets which can and do travel a great distance. No tin cans or bottles are to be used as targets. Steel targets, other than the 200 yard plates must not be used as targets, except under the direction of a chairman. Please do not shoot at or place targets over the target backstop supports and uprights. No shooting before 9 a.m. or after sunset, except during authorized club shoots or events. All Solid projectiles must impact on a vertical embankment to prevent ricochets. Explosive targets or projectiles are not allowed.

Pistol Range Policy: The Pistol Range is to be used primarily for 25 & 50 yard shooting, but users may fire at closer distances on this range for action pistol practice at distances from 3 to 30 yards. Pistols may also be fired on the rifle range at 100 yards. Pistols of any caliber or gauge may be used.

In addition, .17, .22 rimfire & .223 caliber rifles may also be shot on the pistol range. Do not go behind the target butts, you cannot be seen and may be shot by accident. Shooters must pickup their spent brass when firing is completed before leaving the range. Clean the target boards after shooting. Trash cans are provided at each range for old targets and trash. Please keep our gun club clean at all times.

100 Yard Range Use and Rules: If the 100 yard range is misused or becomes a problem, it will be shut down immediately. Before going to the 100 yard range, please check with the pistol, trap and skeet ranges for a cease fire.

Hours: The range is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until sunset. During Board sanctioned events, at the option of the event coordinator, shooting may start at 8 a.m., but no earlier.

Range Rules:

1.    All range users and shooters are personally responsible for range safety and safe shooting.
2.    All shooters are responsible to immediately correct any unsafe conditions.
3.    If you observe any unsafe Facility condition, report it immediately to a Rangemaster.
4.    Shooters and observers MUST wear ear and eye protection.
5.    Firearms must be carried with the muzzle up, and actions open.
6.    Muzzles must always be pointed down range.
7.    Firearms will be kept unloaded until on the firing line.
8.    Firing is permitted when all persons are behind the firing line and safe conditions exist.
9.    Firearms are not to be handled during "range safe" periods, or when people are in front of the firing line.
10.    All shooting is to be into backstops only.
11.    No shooting at unauthorized targets (cans, bottles, boxes, etc.).
12.    No shooting at target frames.
13.    All shooting will be in authorized areas.
14.    Deposit all trash in containers.  Clean up after yourself.
15.    Respect others and their equipment.
16.    Alcohol and drugs are prohibited on all ranges.
17.    Persons who have been consuming alcohol or are under the influence of drugs are prohibited from shooting.
18.    Please follow these rules while using the range. Violations will be enforced. Violators may be asked to leave the Facility, are subject to criminal and/or civil sanctions, and may have their membership privileges revoked.
19.    If there is more than one shooter, one person must assume the role of Range Safety Officer.

NRA Gun Safety Rules
1.    Three Fundamental NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling
a.    "Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
b.    "Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
c.    "Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
2.    Rules for Safe Use
a.    Know your target, what is in the line of fire and what is beyond it.
b.    Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
c.    Know how to use the gun safely.
d.    Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
e.    Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
f.    Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
g.    Always treat all guns as if they are always loaded.
3.    General Safety Rules
a.    Know and obey all range commands.
b.    Know where others are at all times.
c.    Shoot only at authorized targets.
d.    Do not handle a firearm or stand at the firing line where firearms are present while others are downrange.
e.    Stop shooting immediately upon the command of “Cease Firing.!”

Other Important Club Rules:
1.    Keep the main gate closed and locked at all times, except during club meetings, work parties, club sponsored activities and when events are open to the public.
2.    Make sure the four digit combination on the main gate is not left showing the combination once you enter the gate. Remember to scramble the lock. Do not simulate locking the gate, lock it.
3.    Lock the gate after you enter and after you leave.
4.    If you bring a guest, please keep them in sight at all times. You will be held responsible for their actions and their safety.
5.    Don't do stupid things with firearms. Mistakes are generally permanent and unforgiving.
6.    The Chief Ouray Gun Club does not sell or provide alcoholic beverages to its members or guests. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is NOT allowed on the property or on any of the ranges. No member or guest will be permitted to fire on any of the ranges if they are intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or any other drug.
7.    Board Members, Club Officers, Committee Chairmen and Range Safety Officers will be checking to ensure these rules are followed and you will be noticed if you are not in compliance with the range rules.
8.    Have fun, be safe and courteous to your fellow shooters and our neighbors who live close to the range.
 
Chapter 1
Preamble

In order to unify into an organized social club, the individuals and small groups of sportsmen and -women of this area interested in and working for the protection, improvement and development of our fish and game resources and to continue and further these efforts and aims as a unified group cooperating to achieve better hunting and fishing and higher ideals of sportsmanship, this constitution is provided.

The Chief Ouray Gun Club was originally founded in 1956.  In 1989, the club obtained what is now the range property at 21438 Highway 550 in Ridgway.  Deed to property follows.

The Chief Ouray Gun Club was founded to promote the shooting sports in Ouray County, Colorado.

The range facility located at 21438 Highway 550 is set up to accommodate skeet, trap, shotgun, pistol, rifle, muzzle loading, and archery.  The range consists of 4 shooting lanes.  On the property is a dilapidated building, which at one time was a club house.

There is currently a port-a-potty located on the property.  Its use has been donated by Sani-Serv.

The gun club gives right-of-way access to the Orvis Ranch for access to their property adjoining the gun range.


 
 
 

 
Chapter 2
Constitution

 
 
 
 
 
           
 
Chapter 3
Organization Chart

Club Organizational Chart








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Chapter 4
Non-Profit Organization

The Chief Ouray Gun Club, according to its by-laws and articles of incorporation is a non-profit organization.

It’s EIN (Employer Identification Number is:  87-0746911

The Chief Ouray Gun Club’s websites are:

http://www.ouraycolorado.com/gun

http://ChiefOurayGunClub.yolasite.com

 
Chapter 5
Emergency Response Plan

Fire Emergency
1.    INTRODUCTION: As a member of the Chief Ouray Gun Club, you have a responsibility to be an integral part of the Fire Safety Program. This responsibility is one that should not be taken lightly. Additionally, it is our duty to protect fellow members and visitors from accidents and fires. The best form of protection is prevention. Safe working conditions and prior knowledge of what to do in an emergency can mean the difference between safety and serious injury, or even death. Prevention means that every member is charged with the responsibilities of:
a.    Knowing Chief Ouray Gun Club procedures for notification and activation of the Fire Plan, and
b.    Keeping activity areas neat and clean, and performing activities in a safe manner.

It shall be the responsibility of every Event Committee Chairman, Range Safety Officer on duty and Director to implement and follow these guidelines, including follow up reporting to club officials.

2.    Chief Ouray Gun Club FIRE RESPONSE PLAN: In the event that a fire should occur at SLSA, remember the word R-A-C-E-R and what it stands for-IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!
a.    RESCUE: In the event of a fire, rescue those persons that can be rescued safely, as well as yourself, by proceeding to an area out of the immediate location.
b.    ALARM: If you smell smoke, see fire, or see smoke, dial 911 and report the nature of the problem.
c.    CONFINE: Close all windows and doors in your area (if applicable). This will confine or slow the spread of smoke and fire.
d.    EXTINGUISH: If you can do so safely, extinguish the fire if it is small, contained or not spreading beyond the immediate area.
e.    RELOCATE: Relocate people to a safe area away from the fire.
3.     MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE
a.    Member Suspecting/Locating a Fire: That member who suspects or locates a fire has a duty to protect him/herself and others, as outlined above in the Chief Ouray Gun Club Fire Response Plan.
b.    Member/Committee Chairman Responsibilities:
i.    Follow the Chief Ouray Gun Club Fire Response Plan (R-A-C-E), as outlined above
ii.    Advise visitors/guests to stay in their location.
iii.    Should evacuation of an area become necessary, it will be the responsibility of member, committee chairman or RSO on duty in the area to account for visitors, prior to and after evacuation.
iv.    Once fire is contained or extinguished, report in complete detail to the Club President or a Director the details of the incident.
Medical Emergency
1.    INTRODUCTION: As a member of Chief Ouray Gun Club, you have a responsibility to be an integral part of the Safety Program. This responsibility is one that should not be taken lightly. Additionally, it is our duty to protect fellow members and visitors from accidents and fires. The best form of protection is prevention. Safe working conditions and prior knowledge of what to do in an emergency can mean the difference between safety and serious injury, or even death. Prevention means that every member is charged with the responsibilities of:
a.    Knowing Chief Ouray Gun Club procedures for notification and activation of the Emergency Response Plan, and
b.    Keeping activity areas neat and clean, and performing activities in a safe manner.

It shall be the responsibility of every Event Committee Chairman, Range Safety Officer on duty and Director to implement and follow these guidelines, including follow up reporting to club officials.
2.    Chief Ouray Gun Club MEDICAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN: In the event that a medical emergency should occur at Chief Ouray Gun Club, the following guidelines should be applied:
a.    Take Charge of the Situation.
b.    Render Aid.
c.    Call for Help.
d.    Direct Medical help to location.
e.    Take Notes and complete follow up report.

1.    Take Charge of the Situation. The Event Committee Chairman or Range Safety Officer on duty should take charge of the situation should an emergency occur. Here is an example scenario:
a.    Command "Cease Fire, Cease Fire. Unload and stay in position."
b.    Move to the scene
c.    Evaluate the seriousness of injury.
i.    For a Minor Injury:
1.    Render aid
2.    Direct person to seek appropriate medical attention
3.    Commence firing
4.    Complete report for the record.
ii.    For a Major Injury:
1.    Render Aid
2.    Task someone to call 911
3.    Task someone to direct the emergency vehicle to the incident location.
4.    Task someone to assist in recording the times and actions taken during the emergency.
5.    Task all witnesses to write down what they saw for the Emergency Report.
6.    Continue aid until Emergency Medical Support (EMS) arrives.
7.    Complete Emergency Report for the record.
3.    Render Aid.
a.    First Aid Kits should be brought with you to the range.
b.    If the person in charge has any doubts as to whether an injury can be treated, call for EMS.
c.     Colorado’s Good Samaritan Law protects people from lawsuits if they render medical care in an emergency situation.
d.    It is strongly encouraged that Directors, Event Committee Chairman or Range Safety Officer's obtain American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training.
4.    Aid procedures
a.    Identify self to the injured.
b.    Inform injured of training (American Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR).
c.    Inform injured of aid offered.
d.    Receive verbal permission from injured (if adult), or parent/guardian (if child) prior to giving care.
e.    Refrain from giving care to a conscious injured person whom objects.
f.     Assume implied permission if the injured is unconscious or unable to respond.
g.    Assume implied permission if the injured is a child with a serious injury and a parent or guardian is not present.
h.    Move the injured only if life is endangered.
i.    Check injured for life threatening condition before providing care. Provide care only within level of training.
j.    Never dispense aspirin or medications; administer activated charcoal or syrup of Ipecac (or other treatments) unless directed by EMS or Poison Control Center.
5.    Call for Help.
a.    Call 911 from a cell phone
b.    Direct EMS to 21438 Hwy 550 Ridgway, CO, Chief Ouray Gun Club Shooting Range.
i.    Wait for EMS to hang up first to make sure they don't need further information.
ii.    Direct EMS (Medical help) to location.
iii.    A person should be positioned to meet the emergency vehicle to ensure no time is lost getting help to the injured.
iv.    Meet EMS at Gate and direct them to incident location.
6.    Take Notes and complete follow up report.
a.    Record dates, times and names of injured persons, any witnesses and other club officials present.
b.    Complete Emergency Report form and submit to Club President or a Board Director as soon as possible.
c.    Notify Authorities if appropriate. If accident involves a gunshot injury, notify police.
 
CHAPTER 6
RANGE OPERATIONS GUIDE

1.    General. Live firing conducted at the Chief Ouray Gun Club Range is designed to provide authorized personnel access to a facility where they can become proficient with privately-owned firearms. For purposes of this Chapter (6), the terms "Committee Chairman" and "Range Safety Officer" (RSO) mean the same thing.
2.    Facilities for Use. Range availability is at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
3.    Range Limitations and Safety Requirements. Live-fire shooters will:
a.    Fire only on scheduled ranges and have a Range Safety Officer (RSO) or Committee Chairman present.
i.    If no RSO is present, then each member must act as their own RSO.
b.    Fire only authorized firearms and ammunition.
c.    Fire at authorized targets only.
d.    Fire only after completing a “hold harmless” agreement. (Required for each visit to the range complex.)
e.    Ensure all projectiles impact within the established range safety limits.
f.    Call “Cease firing” and make safe all firearms when a shooter moves forward of the firing line or during any unsafe condition.
g.    Call “Cease firing” if a firing line becomes staggered (one shooter forward of another) anywhere on the range complex.
h.    Use appropriate ear protection.
i.    Wear appropriate eye protection.
j.    Notify the RSO or a Board Director of any safety infractions.
k.    Police all brass, paper, and other debris that accumulates on the range. Dispose of them in the containers provided.
4.    Authorized & Prohibited Firearms. Fully automatic firearms are not authorized.
5.    Authorized Personnel. The following persons are allowed to fire:
a.    Current members of the shooting club.
b.    Invited guests of the above, provided the authorized person is present and assumes full responsibility for the conduct of his or her guest(s).
c.    Personnel approved by the club officers, Committee Chairman, or RSO on a case-by-case basis.
6.    Personnel Responsibilities.
a.    Shooting Club Committee Chairmen and RSO's. The Club President or Board of Directors must first approve anyone desiring to become a shooting club Committee Chairman or an RSO.
b.    Present shooting club identification card.
c.    Obtain any special instructions.
d.    Know location of First Aid Kit and Fire Extinguisher.
e.    Conduct range inspection using the appropriate checklist.
f.    Check that all shooters have current club cards, or that all shooters and spectators fill out “hold harmless” agreements.
g.    Conduct range safety briefing See Appendix.
h.    Conduct live fire in accordance with this chapter. Failure of shooters to abide by the procedures listed in this chapter will result in immediate eviction from the range and possible suspension of future shooting privileges. Report all incidents to the RSO.
i.    Turn in all gear (if applicable).
j.    All Committee Chairmen must file their event reports with the Director who oversees the primary category of their event (Rifle & Pistol, Trap, Skeet or Junior Rifle). It will be the responsibility of the Director to present all committee reports to the Board.
7.    Shooting Club Members
a.    All shooters must check in with the designated RSO on the scheduled range.
b.    All shooters and spectators must fill out "hold harmless" agreements.
c.    Shooters will conduct themselves in an orderly manner at all times and will be responsible for the conduct of any guests they bring.
d.    All shooters are responsible for their guns and ammunition while on the complex.
e.    Firearms that are out of the case and not being fired must be on the rack or benched. (Actions open and facing up, chambers empty, muzzles pointing downrange, and safeties on.)
f.    Only load firearms on the firing line after the RSO has given the command to load.
g.    Do not point firearms at anything other than authorized targets.
h.    Fire at your own target only.
i.    Give the command "Cease firing" if an unsafe condition exists.
j.    Follow all instructions from the RSO.
k.    Assist in policing the area of brass and any other debris.
l.    No pets are allowed on the ranges.
8.    Hours of Operation and Scheduling.
a.    The Club develops a special event live-fire schedule based on requests received and posts it on April 1. Updated schedules will be posted the first of each month.
b.    All other range requests will be approved based on range availability. RSOs desiring to open a range must notify the shooting club in order to be placed on the operations schedule. Information on range availability and scheduling is accessible 24 hours a day on the internet at http://chiefouraygunclub.yolasite.com/
c.    .During Board sanctioned events, at the option of the event coordinator, shooting may start at 8 a.m., but no earlier.
9.    Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs.
a.    Shooters may not consume alcoholic beverages or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter medications) before or during live firing. The RSO will deny range access to anyone in violation.
b.    Those deemed to be "under the influence" will be required to leave the range.
10.    Medical Support. In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 and notify the RSO immediately.
 
Appendix 1

CHIEF OURAY GUN CLUB
EMERGENCY REPORT FORM
For reporting Emergency Incident or Injury
Injured Name: ______________________________________ Date of Incident: ________________________________
Address: ________________________________________ Time of Incident: ___________________________________
Telephone Number (Day): ____________________________ (Evening): ____________________________
1. Describe nature and extent of injury (specify parts of body): __________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
2. Describe how the injury occurred: ______________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
3. Describe first aid given: ______________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
4. First aid was provided by (include names and phone numbers): ________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
5. Disposition (specify name of hospital, telephone numbers, time of transport, etc.): _________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
6. Notification of next of kin (specify time, person contacted, and method): ________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
7. Location of incident and conditions of area: _______________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
8. Was protective equipment worn (if applicable)? ____________________________________________________
9. Describe steps taken to preserve the scene (equipment, photographs, etc.): ______________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
10. Witness Statements: Interview witnesses separately. Use attachments if needed.
A. Witness (Name): ___________________________ Statement Attached Yes______ No___________
Address: __________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
Phone Number (Day): ________________________ Evening: _______________________________
B. Witness (Name): ___________________________ Statement Attached Yes_________ No_________
Address: __________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
Phone Number (Day): ______________________ Evening: __________________________________
11. Notes and Comments: ______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
12. Injury report completed by:
Name: __________________________________________________________________________________
Title: ___________________________________________________________________________________
Date: ___________________________________________________________________________________
Signature: _______________________________________________________________________________
13. Disposition and follow-up: __________________________________________________________________
Name: _____________________________________Title:_______________________________________
Date: __________________________________________________________________________________
Signature: _____________________________________________________________________________   
 
APPENDIX 2
Outdoor Range Inspection Checklist
Inspected by _____________________________________ Date________________


    YES    NO
Controlled Access/Fencing/Gates Closed       
Flags or Signs Displayed       
Left and Right Range Limits Displayed       
Backstop/Impact Area Inspected       
Number Boards Painted and Visible       
Target Frames/Mounts in Good Repair       
Firing Line Marked       
Firing Points Numbered/Clean       
Shooting Benches/Tables Inspected       
Sandbags/Gun Rests on Hand       
Ready Line/Area Marked       
Scoring Area Established       
Supplies Available       
RSO Control Area Centralized       
Emergency Communications Working       
First-Aid Kit Filled/Accessible       
PA System/Bullhorn Working       
Range Rules Posted       
Bulletin Board Hung       
Gun Racks Available       
Empty Trash Receptacles Available       
Brass/Dud Buckets Labeled       
Comments: ________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
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APPENDIX 3
Shotgun Range Inspection Checklist
Inspected by _____________________________________ Date________________

    YES    NO
Controlled Access/Fencing/Gates Closed       
Flags or Signs Displayed       
Left and Right Range Limits Displayed       
Backstop/Impact Area Inspected       
Machine Filled/Inspected       
Cable Connected/Inspected       
Firing Stations Marked /Clean       
Ready Line/Area Marked       
Spectator Area Designated       
Scoring Area Established       
Supplies Available       
RSO Control Area Centralized       
Emergency Communications Working       
First-Aid Kit Filled/Accessible       
PA System/Bullhorn Working       
Range Rules Posted       
Bulletin Board Hung       
Gun Racks Available       
Empty Trash Receptacles Available       
Hull/Dud Buckets Labeled       
Comments: ________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
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__________________________________________________________________________________________________
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APPENDIX 4
Range Safety Briefing

Follow this outline when conducting range safety briefings. Conduct the briefing on the range immediately prior to range use. Stand where posted rules, demonstrations, and explanations of range equipment can be included in the briefing. Involve range users. Have them read rules from signs. Ask questions to reinforce understanding. If firearms are used during the briefing, the RSO must follow the NRA gun safety rules.

1.    PURPOSE OF THE SHOOTING EVENT
a.    State the purpose, e.g., recreational shooting.
b.    Provide an overview of the event.
c.    State the total numbers of rounds and time available.
2.    Range Personnel
a.    State where range personnel will be located.
b.    Introduce range personnel.
c.    Explain that their role is to ensure safety.
d.    Indicate how they may be identified, e.g., orange vest and hat.
3.    RANGE LAYOUT AND LIMITS
a.    Conduct a range orientation on, or within view of, the range.
b.    Point out key areas of the range and briefly describe actions that occur within each.
c.    Spectator area--Located behind the ready line where visitors and range users may wait and observe activities.
d.    Ready area--Located behind the firing line where shooters may store and prepare their equipment.
e.    Firing point--Shooters may occupy their firing points at the firing line when authorized to do so. Points are numbered and correspond to the target numbers. Shooters may only dry fire at the firing line before an event and should only handle firearms when authorized to do so.
f.    Backstop--Located downrange behind the target line. Firearms should point toward the backstop at all times. All firing should be directed forward from the shooters’ firing points so projectiles impact within designated impact areas.
g.    Cleaning area-- Cleaning is authorized only in the cleaning area. No ammunition is allowed in the cleaning area.
h.    Demonstrate the proper use of special equipment and explain any special safety practices, e.g., body and hand positions for target carriers, trap machines, etc.
4.    RANGE SAFETY RULES
a.    NRA Gun Safety Rules
b.    Three Fundamental NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling
i.    Ask: What is the first rule of safe gun handling?
1.    Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
a.    Ask: What does a “safe direction” mean?
i.    The gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off, it would not cause injury.
ii.    Ask: What is the second rule of safe gun handling?
1.    Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
a.    Ask: Unless shooting, where should the shooter’s finger(s) rest?
i.    The finger(s) should rest alongside the gun, i.e., on the frame, receiver, or trigger guard.
iii.    Ask: What is the third rule of safe gun handling?
1.     Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
a.    (Emphasize that safeties can fail. Safe gun handling rules should be followed all the time!)
5.    Rules for Safe Use
a.    Know your target and what is beyond.
i.    Ask: What is meant by “know your target and what is beyond?”
1.    The shooter must be sure that projectiles will safely impact into the backstop.
2.    Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
b.    Know how to use the gun safely.
i.    Ask: What is meant by “know how to use the gun safely?”
1.    Shooters need to know how the gun operates, its basic parts, how to safely open and close the action, and how to remove ammunition.
c.    Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
i.    Ask: What is meant by “use only the correct ammunition?
1.    Only ammunition designed for a particular gun can be safely fired in that gun. Shooters should ensure that the caliber marked on the barrel, ammo box, and cartridge case match. This is especially true for antique firearms.
d.    Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
i.    Ask: Why should range users wear both eye and ear protection?
1.    Guns are loud and the noise can cause hearing damage. Guns can also emit debris, hot gas, and cartridge cases that could cause eye injuries.
2.     Users of air gun ranges, including spectators, need eye protection to prevent injuries from ricochets.
e.    Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
i.    Ask: What type of substance is implied by “never use alcohol or drugs…?
1.    Any substance that may impair normal mental or physical bodily functions. Examples include prescription and non-prescription drugs, e.g., cold medicines that may cause drowsiness, nervousness, balance problems, etc.
2.    Anyone taking any medication or substance that may impair normal mental or physical bodily functions is not allowed on the range.
6.    General Range Safety Rules
a.    Ask range users to read rules as you (RSO) point to range posters or refer to handouts.
b.    Know and obey all range commands.
c.    Know where others are at all times.
d.    Shoot only at authorized targets.
e.    Do not handle a firearm or stand at the firing line where firearms are present while others are downrange.
f.    Stop shooting immediately upon the command of “Cease Firing.”
i.    Ask: Why is it important to shoot only at authorized targets?
1.    Shooting at different targets, e.g., steel targets, at different distances or angles may result in hazardous conditions.
ii.    Ask: What actions should shooters perform during a cease fire?
1.    Stop shooting immediately.
2.    Await further instructions from the RSO.
7.    Stoppages
a.    Explain that there are three common ammunition stoppages.
i.    A misfire is when a cartridge does not fire after the primer has been struck by the firing pin.
ii.    A hangfire is when a perceptible delay in the ignition of the cartridge after the primer has been struck by the fining pin.
1.    The normal procedure for handling misfires or hangfires is to:
a.    Keep the gun pointed down range (safe direction).
b.    Wait at least 30 seconds in case it is a hangfire. With a blackpowder firearm, wait at least two minutes.
iii.    A squib load is when there is less than normal pressure or bullet velocity after ignition of the cartridge. The bullet may or may not exit the barrel. Squib loads are identified by difference in recoil or noise. The normal procedure for handling squib loads is:
1.    Keep the gun pointed down range (safe direction)
2.    Unload the gun--make sure the chamber is empty.
3.    Insert a cleaning rod down the barrel from the chamber end (if possible) to make sure the bullet is not lodged in the barrel.
8.    NRA Hygiene Guidelines
a.    Explain that NRA hygiene guidelines are intended to minimize exposure to airborne particulate lead and cleaning product residues.
b.    Emphasize that everybody exposed at the range or cleaning area--even if he did not participate in the shooting session--should follow these guidelines. Remind range users of these guidelines prior to, during, and immediately after occupying the range.
i.    Refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, applying makeup, or otherwise placing hands in proximity to the mouth or nose while on the range or cleaning a gun.
ii.    Wash your hands and face with cold water after leaving the range or cleaning area before eating, or drinking.
iii.    Change and wash clothing after a shooting or gun cleaning session to minimize exposure to airborne particulate lead or solvent and cleaning product residues.
9.    Site-Specific Range Rules
a.    Ask range users to read rules as you (RSO) point to range posters or refer to handouts.
i.    Armor-piercing ammunition is not allowed.
ii.    Targets must be placed at the shooter’s eye level to ensure bullets hit the impact area.
iii.    Leave dropped ammunition on the ground until the stage of fire is completed and firearms are benched or grounded.
iv.    Notify the RSO when there is a firearm stoppage malfunction.
v.    Dry firing is only permitted at the firing line and only when authorized.
vi.    All firearms must remain unloaded with actions open except when on the firing line and authorized to be loaded.
vii.    When firearms are benched or grounded, keep the actions open and ejection ports facing upward so chambers are visible.
viii.    Ammunition is not permitted in the cleaning area.
ix.    Ask: Why are shooters required to leave dropped ammunition on the floor until firing is completed and firearms are benched or grounded?
1.    This policy prevents shooters from unintentionally pointing the firearm at other users while retrieving dropped ammunition, or inadvertently moving in front of the firing line.
x.    Ask: Why are shooters required to notify the RSO of firearm stoppage or malfunctions?
1.    Notification is critical for safety at the end of the course of fire.
10.    Administrative Range Rules
a.    Example: Did everyone park his vehicle in the shooters’ parking area?
11.    FIRING LINE COMMANDS
a.    State and explain standard range commands that will be used for specific shooting event(s), e.g., formal competition rules are specified in NRA Rule Books.
b.    “As you were” means to disregard the command just given.
c.    “Carry on” means to proceed with what was being done before an interruption.
d.    “Relay No. __, Match No. ___ (or naming the match), on the firing line” means shooters are to move to their firing points.
e.    “The preparation period starts now” means shooters may occupy their firing points, prepare, and dry fire at the targets.
f.    “The preparation period has ended” means shooters must stop preparation activities.
g.    “Load” means shooters are given permission to load authorized number of rounds and prepare for the shooting event.
h.    “Is the line ready?” allows a shooter with problems to raise an arm and call “Not ready on target….”
i.    “The line is ready” means all shooters are ready to begin.
j.    “Ready on the right!”; “Ready on the left!” ; “Ready on the firing line!” is the sequence of commands that gives shooters their last chance to signal “Not ready.” “Ready on the firing line!” means that targets will be exposed in three to five seconds.
k.    “Commence firing!” signals shooters to begin shooting. This command may be signaled verbally, by a whistle or horn blast, or by moving the targets into view.
l.    “Misfire” is called by a muzzleloading shooter to inform the RSO and other shooters that a firearm failed to fire and a hazardous condition may exist. Due to the possibility of a hangfire (a delay in the ignition of the cartridge), keep the firearm pointed downrange and wait at least 30 seconds for modern firearms, or at least two minutes for muzzleloading firearms, prior to correcting the malfunction.
m.    “Cease firing!” notifies shooters to stop firing immediately and await further instructions. “Cease firing” may be signaled verbally, by a whistle or horn blast, or by moving the targets out of view.  Additional commands may follow. Emphasize that this command can be given by anyone observing an unsafe condition, e.g., if a person is downrange.
n.    “Is the line clear on the right?” ; “Is the line clear on the left?” means line officers or the RSO check that all firearms are unloaded with actions open and chambers empty.
o.    “Go forward, score targets, and paste” (or “Change”) authorizes shooters to go forward of the firing line to change targets.
p.    “Range is clear, you may handle your guns” means shooters may approach the firing line and handle their firearms since no personnel are downrange.
q.    “Move out of position and remove your equipment from the firing line” authorizes shooters to remove their gear.
r.    “Police your firing point” means shooters are to pick up fired cartridge cases and clean their firing points.
i.    Ask: What two range commands may be issued by shooters?
s.    “Cease firing” and “Misfire.”
i.    Ask: What does “misfire” mean?
1.     That the muzzleloading firearm failed to fire and a hazardous condition may exist. The misfire could actually be a hangfire, which is a delay in the ignition of the cartridge.
ii.    Ask: What actions are taken during a misfire?
1.    Due to the possibility of a hangfire, the shooter keeps the firearm pointed downrange and waits at least 30 seconds for modern firearms, or at least two minutes for muzzleloading firearms, prior to correcting the malfunction.
iii.    Ask: Where and when may shooters dry fire?
1.    Only at their firing points and only when authorized to do so.
12.    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
a.    Take charge of the situation. (Determine seriousness of injury and assigned duties)
b.    Render aid. First-aid kit should be centrally located.
c.    Call for help via radio or telephone. Emergency phone numbers and information list should be centrally located.
d.    Direct help to location.
e.    Take notes. Emergency report sheet should be located in range SOPs binder
 
Appendix 6
General Release of Liability and Member Agreement

Name:_______________________________________    Date:__________________________________________

Chief Ouray Gun Club Range Rules

1.    All range users and shooters are personally responsible for range safety and safe shooting.
2.    All shooters are responsible to immediately correct any unsafe conditions.
3.    If you observe any unsafe Facility condition, report it immediately to a Rangemaster.
4.    Shooters and observers MUST wear ear and eye protection.
5.    Firearms must be carried with the muzzle up, and actions open.
6.    Muzzles must always be pointed down range.
7.    Firearms will be kept unloaded until on the firing line.
8.    Firing is permitted when all persons are behind the firing line and safe conditions exist.
9.    Firearms are not to be handled during "range safe" periods, or when people are in front of the firing line.
10.    All shooting is to be into backstops only.
11.    No shooting at unauthorized targets (cans, bottles, boxes, etc.).
12.    No shooting at target frames.
13.    All shooting will be in authorized areas.
14.    Deposit all trash in containers.  Clean up after yourself.
15.    Respect others and their equipment.
16.    Alcohol and drugs are prohibited on all ranges.
17.    Persons who have been consuming alcohol or are under the influence of drugs are prohibited from shooting.
18.    Please follow these rules while using the range. Violations will be enforced. Violators may be asked to leave the Facility, are subject to criminal and/or civil sanctions, and may have their membership privileges revoked.
19.    If there is more than one shooter, one person must assume the role of Range Safety Officer.

Waiver/Release

WHEREAS, in consideration of being permitted to use of premises, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, Undersigned agrees to the following:

Undersigned agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and defend the Chief Ouray Gun Club, and all associates of said corporation, (hereinafter referred to as "Club"), from any and all fault, liabilities, costs, expenses, claims, demands, or lawsuits arising out of, related to or connected with: Undersigned's presence at and/or participation in the Club’s range and/or events; the discharge of firearms by Undersigned; Undersigned's presence on or use of the range, building, land, and premises ("Premises"); and, any and all acts or omissions of Undersigned.

Undersigned furthermore waives for himself/herself and for his/her executors, personal representatives, administrators, assignees, heirs and next of kin any and all rights and claims for damages, losses, demands and any other actions or claims whatsoever, which he/she may have or which may arise against Club (including but not limited to the death of Undersigned and/or any and all injuries, damages or illnesses suffered by Undersigned or Undersigned's property), which may, in any way whatsoever, arise out of, be related to or be connected with: the use of Premises; the Premises, including any latent defect in the Premises; Undersigned's presence on or use of said Premises; Undersigned property (whether or not entrusted to Instructor); and the discharge of firearms. Club shall not be liable for, and Undersigned, on behalf of himself/herself and on behalf of his/her executors, personal representatives, administrators, assignees, heirs, and next of kin, hereby expressly releases the Club from any and all such claims and liabilities.

Undersigned hereby expressly assumes the risk of using firearms and taking part in the activities on the Premises, which include, but are not limited to, instruction in the use of firearms, the discharge of firearms and the firing of live ammunition.

Undersigned hereby acknowledges and agrees that Undersigned has read this instrument and understands its terms and is executing this instrument voluntarily. Undersigned furthermore hereby acknowledges and agrees that he/she has read, understands and will at all times abide by all range rules and procedures and any other rules and procedures stated by the Club.

Undersigned expressly agrees that this instrument is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by law, and that if any provisions of this instrument is held invalid or otherwise unenforceable, the enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not be impaired thereby. No remedy conferred by any of the specific provisions of this instrument is intended to be exclusive of any other remedy, and each and every remedy shall be cumulative and shall be in addition to every other remedy now or hereafter existing at law or in equity or by statute or otherwise. The election of any one or more remedy hereunder by the Club shall not constitute any waiver of Club’s right to pursue other available remedies. This instrument binds Undersigned and his/her executors, personal representatives, administrators, assignees, heirs and next of kin.

I hereby state that I have not been convicted of any felony crimes or domestic violence charges and that I am entitled to own and possess a firearm. I further understand that any false information may be reason to be denied membership in this club.

I have carefully read and understand the above waiver/release and assumption of risk statement.  I hereby accept and agree to the above terms and regard this document as legal and binding.  I understand that I have given up substantial rights by signing this document and am signing the document voluntarily.  I further understand and agree to abide by the “Range Rules” and understand that failure to follow these rules may result in termination of my membership to the Club.

Signature:  _______________________________________  Date:  ________________________________________

Printed name:  ___________________________________