Range Rules & Safety
UPDATED: March 3, 2020
The Club Rules are meant to ensure the safety of all users of our facilities. It is expected that all members and visitors will conduct themselves in a responsible manner.
Members and non-member visitors must avoid conflict in interpersonal relations in connection with range usage and/or the conduct of Club business. Rude, threatening and/or harassing behavior will not be tolerated.
All club members and non-member visitors are expected to be familiar with these Rules, the standard operating procedures of any range venue which is being used, their firearms, and the basic rules of firearm safety.
A violation of these Rules by a non-member visitor may result in expulsion from Club property or from an off-site Club function, and/or loss of the privilege of using Club facilities in the future.
Any violation of these Rules by a member will result in a written notice from the Board of Directors. An egregious initial Rule violation or subsequent or repeated minor violations may result in the revocation of the offender’s Club membership in accordance with procedures set forth in the Club’s Bylaws.
These Rules are enacted to supplement the current version of the Redmond Rod & Gun Club Bylaws. If any conflict should arise between the provisions the two documents, the Bylaws provision shall prevail.
The ranges are under the control of designated Range Safety Officers (RSO)and authorized members and volunteers. RSOs and those authorized are provided to maintain safety and control of the ranges at all times, and to enforce the rules. In the event of an emergency, they are trained to respond with appropriate action. Club Membership and/or the use of club facilities by non-members implies that users have read these rules and agree to follow the direction of the designated Range Safety Officers and those authorized.
Range Safety Officers and authorized RR&GC staff are member volunteers. They DO NOT write Club policy. If you have questions or concerns about these rules, please contact the Board of Directors.
Use of club facilities is available to members, their guests, and members of the public subject to payment of required use fees. Non-members will be allowed use of club facilities during normal hours of operation. Fees for members and non-members are set by the Board of Directors and are subject to change.
Operating hours for each discipline are set by the Directors. Hours of operation are posted in each discipline’s area and on our website, www.rrandgc.com.
Use of club facilities for special events is available by reservation, and occasionally closes all or part of the club facilities to other users, including the general membership.
Use of club facilities without the presence of a Board member, or a qualified person designated by the Discipline Director is not permitted, and will be considered Criminal Trespass, and will be prosecuted.
The club is operated by volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, please contact the Board of Directors.
Firearms training by outside vendors using Club facilities is available for members and non-members alike. A list of authorized training vendors should be maintained at each Club shooting venue. Training arrangements must be made between the trainee and the vendor directly.
Training for certification as a Range Safety Officer or other RR&GC staff positions is available at training sessions which are run periodically. Advance notice of such training sessions should be posted at the various shooting venues, and on the Club website. The minimum age for Range Safety Officers is 21.
Any member who is interested in any such training program may also make inquiry through the Board of Directors. The Board meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. except when the first Monday is a holiday.
Qualified instructors are welcome to use our facilities for various firearms safety, training and qualification instruction. Instructors must be approved in advance by the Board of Directors and must maintain current membership in the Club.
Instructors must provide a current certificate of insurance in the amount of two million dollars which lists Redmond Rod and Gun Club as an additional insured in order to obtain and maintain authorization to conduct training. Instructors will be responsible for the collection of Club daily range fees for every student (member or non-member as appropriate) and must submit the fees collected to the appropriate Discipline Director or his/her designee in a timely manner.
Use of training ranges is on a first come, first served basis and will be scheduled with the appropriate Discipline Director.
The club provides shooting opportunities for members, their guests, and members of the public. If there is a discipline you are interested in that we do not offer, please contact the Board of Directors. We will gladly consider all options.
Always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction.
Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
Always keep the action open and unloaded until ready to use.
Know your target and what is beyond.
Ensure that your firearm is safe to operate.
Ensure that all firearms are unloaded when moving them about on range property.
GENERAL RANGE RULES
A Range Safety Officer, Board Member or authorized Club representative must be present when any Club facility is in use.
Unsafe, unruly and/or un-sportsmanlike behavior, roughhousing and/or horseplay are not permitted on range property. Any such behavior should be reported immediately to RR&GC staff. Verified incidents of such behavior may be cause for expulsion from RR&GC property.
Unsafe, unruly and/or un-sportsmanlike behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Violation of the safety rules including unsafe firearm handling.
The use and/or threats of violence towards another person.
The use of offensive language.
The use of loud and/or boisterous language and/or behavior.
Failure to obey the commands/instructions from a Range Safety Officer or other RR&GC staff member.
Any use of or being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Know and obey all range commands.
Shoot only at authorized targets using appropriate ammunition.
Unload, open the action, insert a chamber flag, and bench all firearms during a cease fire, or when not in use.
Do not handle or load any firearm while others are down range.
The use of fully automatic firearms or binary triggers is not permitted.
Armor piercing or tracer ammunition is not permitted.
Eye and ear protection are required for all persons (shooters or spectators) who are inside an area where that requirement is posted.
All debris must be removed upon completion of use (empty brass, shotgun hulls, targets, etc).
The following Club Rule was adopted at a Special Executive Board meeting held at the Club House on Monday, August 23, 2010.
Club Rule: ”No shooter will consume any intoxicant prior to or during any shooting activity.”
There are two major reasons for this rule:
The safety all people on RR&GC property and
The legal liability of the shooter, people operating the specific field or range, members of the executive board, and other club members.
Non-shooters (spectators) and shooters who are finished shooting for the day and who have put away their firearms may consume legal intoxicants in the clubhouse or clubhouse parking areas (this excludes those who are opening, closing, or monitoring any field or range as they are tasked with maintaining safety while on duty). The club will not serve, sell, or give away any intoxicant.
Intoxicants - include but are not limited to stimulants, depressants (includes any form of alcohol), narcotics, hallucinogens (includes marijuana), solvents/inhalants, steroids which are used to build muscle, and anti-psychotics. Included are all illegal drugs but excluded are prescribed medications which do not interfere with the shooter’s ability to drive or operate machinery (this will usually be on the prescription bottle) and do not result in unsafe shooting practices.
Prior to Shooting - arriving at the club to shoot having already used intoxicants.
Shooting Activity – any shooting on club property regardless of day or time.
Club members, who open, close or monitor any individual field or range will monitor all shooters on that specific range or field for safety. If there are too many shooters for them to monitor then they will ask other club members to help, call for help, or restrict the number of shooters shooting on that field or range at a given time.
Unsafe behaviors include but are not restricted to the following: any shooter carrying or drinking any alcoholic beverage, the smell of alcohol on their breath, staggering or unsteady gait, slurred speech, and, in general, any unusual behavior. The General Club Information & Rules and any other guidelines established by the Vice President over that specific field or range will also be used.
If a club official determines that a person is not shooting safely they will request that the person stop shooting and put away their firearm. If the shooter seems to be too intoxicated to drive, the club official will offer to call someone to come and get them or ask a responsible person on the range to take them home. If the shooter refuses to stop shooting or if they refuse the offer to get another driver, the club official will call the Redmond Police or Deschutes County Sheriff at 911 for assistance.