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SAFETY IS ALWAYS THE FIRST AND FOREMOST CONSIDERATION WHEN SHOOTING. Ignorance, stupidity and carelessness about safety issues are not tolerated!
NEVER load your gun until you are in your shooting station and it is your turn to shoot.
The Board of Directors may adopt special rules or policies regarding range usage. These rules or policies will be published in the newsletter and posted at the ranges. Range Officers or match officials may modify some rules or policies for supervised matches or activities.
Club members assume all risks associated with using the Club’s facilities, whether they are the result of their own acts or those of others. As a condition of membership, Club members must voluntarily relinquish all claims which they may have now or in the future against the Club, its officers, directors or members arising out of their use of the Club’s property or equipment.
The Club is a voluntary private organization. It has an absolute right to enact and enforce rules governing the use of its facilities, and it is every member’s responsibility to know and follow these rules. Any member who damages any Club property may be required to clean up any mess and replace any damaged items. Members who do not comply with the Club’s rules, or do not use the Club’s facilities in a safe manner, may have their privileges to use the Club’s property and equipment suspended or terminated.
Southern Michigan Gun Club is a private club. Members are permitted to bring guests, but all guests must read and sign a Request to Use Club Facilities and Waiver of Liability form and pay non-member rates for shooting. All guests, whether spectators or participants, must be accompanied by a member when shooting at any Club range and the host member will be wholly responsible for that guest. Any guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Non-members are welcome at sanctioned events.
A non-member who shoots more than four times at the Club should be encouraged to become a member. It is up to you to share with your guests the great value and benefit of being a Club member!
Michigan State Gun Regulations
In addition to state laws, the purchase, sale and, in certain instances, the possession and transportation of firearms is regulated by the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended by the Firearms Owners Protection Act. Cities and localities may have their own firearm ordinances in addition to federal and state laws. Details of local laws may be obtained by contacting local law enforcement authorities (Kalamazoo). You can also visit Michigan's Department of Natural Resources for more information on MI laws.
Range Safety Officer (RSO)
The RSO program allows our club to provide open shooting times to members on the weekends and some weekdays. RSOs are trained to NRA standards and certified by the NRA. Once RSOs receive their credentials from the NRA they may be scheduled for up to 5 shifts a year at the lower ranges. Since they have received formal training in the safe operation of a range the RSOs enjoy access to the ranges outside of scheduled shooting times. The next time you are at the range make sure and thank the RSO for volunteering.
Some members have expressed an interest in becoming an RSO. We are reviewing our RSO master lists to see if there is a need to train more RSOs. If a class is scheduled information will be posted on the website and in the Lock, Stock and Barrel.
Self Supervised Shooter (SSS)
The SSS program allows members with an appropriate amount of training and/or experience to enjoy access to the ranges outside of scheduled shooting times.
The SSS program detailed description and application can be found here.
Indoor Range Rules & Map
Outdoor Range Rules & Map
The outdoor range may only be used at certain times when supervision is provided. However, shooters may elect to qualify as a Self Supervised Shooter. This enables the member to use the lower ranges at any time that the outdoor range is open.
Changing to supervised shooting will require a significant increase in the number of range officers required to allow for adequate shooting times. Because of this, a few SMGC members and an NRA instructor have volunteered to train, schedule, and manage the newly created position of Range Safety Officer (RSO) certified as such by the NRA. The number of range officers that volunteer for this position will be directly related to the number of scheduled shooting hours that become available to members.
The shooting hours at the Outdoor Range are as follows:
*check local newspaper for sunset times
Every member must sign in and sign out when using the rifle and pistol ranges. A copy of range rules will be posted at the gate. Members must lock themselves both in and out of the outdoor range except during scheduled Club events. Failure to sign in before using the rifle and pistol ranges may be grounds for revocation of membership.
About the Gates
The Club controls access to the Outdoor Range through the use of locked gates. These gates are secured atall times (except during scheduled Club events) so that unauthorized use of the range is minimized and more uniform application of Club rules for safe range use can be made. NEVER loan your prox card or key to a non-member.