Everyone Must Read Before Shooting!
I. GENERAL SAFETY RULES AND SHOOTER CONDUCT.
THE FIRST CONCERN OF EVERYONE AT THE WEST LIBERTY GUN CLUB IS SAFETY.
- Never point the muzzle of any firearm at another person or in an unsafe direction, even when unloaded. KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED DOWN RANGE AT ALL TIMES!
- Always assume that every firearm is loaded, unless you can see into the action and prove it is not, or you can see an empty chamber indicator inserted into the open chamber.
- Never put your finger into the trigger guard or touch the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire.
- Never load any firearm or insert a magazine or clip into a firearm until you are on the firing line and prepared to fire and have determined that there is no one ahead of the firing line.
- NO GUN SHOULD BE TOUCHED OR HANDLED WHEN ANYONE IS AHEAD OF THE FIRING LINE.
- Always determine that your firearm is in safe working order, that the bore is not obstructed and that you are using safe and proper ammunition.
- Always respect other shooters while on the range. Before commencing fire, be certain that no one is ahead of the firing line and that others on the range know you intend to fire.
- NEVER leave a loaded gun on the bench or firing line. (Never leave a loaded gun unattended ANYWHERE!) If you must step away from your gun for any reason, unload and make safe (action open, magazines removed, empty gun pointed down range, empty chamber indicator in place if possible).
- All shots fired at the WLGC must be aimed. This means use the sights or each shot fired.
- All shots must be fired at an appropriate backstop. No shots should be impacting the ground or be aimed over a berm. Shotguns are allowed to fire into the sky on the trap range between the designated angles allowed for clay targets.
- ANYONE may give the emergency range command“CEASE FIRING.” If you see a hazardous or unsafe condition, you may use this command to stop all shooting immediately. If anyone tells you to cease firing, cease firing immediately, maintain control of your firearm, point it upward with finger off the trigger, and await further instructions.
B. SHOOTER CONDUCT
W.L.G.C. personnel (Range Officers, Club Officers, Board Members) are here to assist you to the best of their abilities. The control of the W.L.G.C. ranges is not to be disputed.
- W.L.G.C. personnel reserve the right to inspect any firearm or ammo at any time and to prohibit the use of either or both. W.L.G.C. personnel reserve the right to close any or all ranges when an unsafe or hazardous condition exists.
- Be aware that any and/or all ranges may be closed to member shooting in the event of scheduled matches or instruction, reservation by law enforcement or other sanctioned groups, maintenance, etc.
- Be aware of and courteous to other shooters. If a range you wish to use is occupied, ask if you may join shooters already using the range, or wait until they are finished. If you are using a range, make it available to other shooters if possible and safe to do so.
- If you have questions about a firearm you intend to shoot, or if you are unfamiliar with any range procedures, ask the range officer on duty.
- Obey all range commands. Again, if anyone tells you to cease firing, cease firing immediately, maintain control of your firearm, point it upward with finger off the trigger, and await further instructions.
- Only members who possess a valid Iowa concealed weapon carry permit may carry a loaded firearm on club grounds. (Loaded firearms should NEVER be handled except on the firing line.) All others may ONLY load on the firing line, when it is safe to do so.
- Shooters under 18 years of age must be supervised by an adult or directly by the range officer on duty.
- Persons on the range who do not observe these rules, who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, who engage in horseplay or unsportsmanlike behavior will be required to leave the premises immediately, and may be subject to sanctions.
II. SPECIFIC RANGE POLICY
- All shooters must use proper ear and eye protection when shooting on W.L.G.C. ranges, or when in the proximity of active shooters.
- Any member using the club for any reason must sign in on the office door. Guests must also be signed in.
- Members may bring up to two guests at a time onto club grounds for shooting or observing. No guest may be brought to the club more than twice. MEMBERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAFETY AND BEHAVIOR OF ANY GUESTS THEY BRING ONTO THE PROPERTY.
- Upon entering the property, members must lock the gate behind them (unless it has been opened by club personnel for public hours, meetings, matches, etc.).
- Members should be prepared to show proof of membership (i.e.membership card) when requested by club personnel. Don’t be offended; we can’t know everybody and range security is important.
- Members whose membership has lapsed or expired may not shoot at the club until their membership is renewed, other than in sanctioned matches or public hours.
- Incendiary, tracer, armor-piercing, explosive, and any illegal ammunition is not permitted on W.L.G.C. ranges.
- Firearms with release triggers and fully automatic firearms are not permitted on W.L.G.C. ranges.
- Hunting is not permitted on the range grounds.
- Paper, cardboard, clay bird, metallic silhouette and similar targets may be used on W.L.G.C. ranges as appropriate. Pop cans, plastic jugs, glass bottles and other trash are not to be used as targets.
- Range equipment is for the use and enjoyment of everyone. Always return firearms, clips, slings, target stands, spotting scopes, mats, unused targets, silhouettes, etc. to their proper places. Report any damage to the Range Officer on duty.
- Shooters are expected to clean up after themselves. Sweep/police all brass on indoor range, police empty hulls on the trap range, etc. Throw away used paper targets. Do not leave empty ammo boxes or other trash around—throw it away!
- In addition to these rules and policies, other rules and policies may be posted from time to time in and around club property. Such posted policies are to be followed at all times.