Home Range Rules

Craven County Law Enforcement Officers Association (CCLEOA) RULES

MAR 08 2016

I. Introduction:

  1. Our Training Facility has come a long way since the formation of The Craven County Law Enforcement Officers Association (CCLEOA). This piece of land with its humble beginning in 1968 is now a facility that we, as members, should be proud of. Agencies, or we the members, in a wide variety of shooting and training functions, use it constantly. Members should be proud of all the effort put into this organization as it facilitates the training of law enforcement professionals who protect the citizens. This is an organization where members can come and enjoy recreational shooting as well as personal training in homeland defense. We are dedicated to the continuation and improvement of this organization and require all members and guests to conduct themselves safely and responsibly at all times. There is no other organization in the state of North Carolina like CCLEOA. This is a professional organization and we will keep it that way.
  2. The location and existence of this organization/range requires every member and guest to use safe weapons handling and to maintain strict compliance with all rules. The proximity of houses and private property near our facility, and inherent dangers of a firing range, requires our awareness and use of appropriate caution in the handling and usage of firearms at all times.
  3. To provide for the safe operation and continuation of the training facility, and to ensure the safety of our members and the community, CCLEOA provides and adapts the following rules, as a guideline for members and their guests to use.
  4. These rules shall be enforced at all times regardless of who is in use or control of the firing range. Compliance with rules is mandatory in order to ensure the safety of all members, guests, and the surrounding community and to avoid damage to the facility itself.


II.  Compliance and Enforcement:

  1. It is the responsibility of each member, their guests and all agencies to use our Training Facility in a safe and responsible manner. We will not tolerate any safety or rules violations. Violations of rules may result in immediate removal from range, termination of membership and if warranted criminal prosecution where property damage or personal injury is involved.
  2. We are a self-policing organization. It is the responsibility of each member to ensure that they, fellow members and their guests adhere to all safety rules and other regulations. Violations must be reported to a Range Safety Officer (RSO) or Executive Committee Member.
  3. If you are on the range and you see someone who you don’t know, ask to see their membership card to verify they are a member.
    1. Start the conversation simply by showing your card and ask to see theirs as you do not know them and want to verify they are a member of the association and authorized to be there.
    2. If they are not a member, refuse to identify themselves or do not comply with your request to leave, do not risk confrontation. Please do the following:
      1. i.    If  a vehicle is in the lot, get the vehicle license plate number;
      2. ii.    Write down a brief description of the individual;
      3. iii.    Call one of the club officials and ask for guidance.
      4. iv.    If you feel you are in danger leave and call the police for assistance.
      5. v.    Do not try and force the individual to leave or place yourself in harm’s way.
  4. Serious rule violations may result in immediate termination of membership on first report.
    1. Serious violations include failure to follow safety rules resulting in property damage or personal injury and shall be reviewed by a panel of RSOs and the Executive Committee Members.
    2. Reports of more than one rule violation by a member/instructor or their guest(s)/student(s), not involving personal injury or property damage, may also result in termination of membership after review and at the discretion of the RSO and Executive Committee Member review panel.
  5. The determination of the review panel shall be final. There is no appeal process.
  6. A current list of RSOs and Executive Committee Members to call and report violations and settle rule disagreements is posted on the web site and the bulletin board.
  1. If a Member, instructor or Agency are in disagreement regarding rules or range use, the RSO is the CCLEOA representative and shall have the authority to cease use of the range until the issue is resolved safely.
  2. Physical or verbal abuse of anyone attempting to enforce the rules of the association will not be tolerated and may result in termination of use of range and membership.
  3. If an RSO is not present, the safety matter or rules violation shall be referred to an RSO or Executive Committee Member as soon as practical.


III. Range Hours of Operation:

  1. Monday thru Saturday 0800 until 2200 hours. All authorized firearms may be discharged.
  2. Sunday 1300 until 1800 hours. (No discharging of Center Fire Rifles permitted on Sundays.)Special hours for official training by an agency or educational facility may be scheduled per paragraph IV. Agency Training.
  3. Wednesday is Associate Day (No Law Enforcement Training) Reservations for Law Enforcement Training must be approved by the President or Vice President.


IV. Agency Training:

  1. Law Enforcement Training will have priority except on Wednesdays. If there is a conflict of schedules between any event and law enforcement training, law enforcement training gets preference.
  2. Wednesday is reserved as Associate Day.  Should an Agency require training on a Wednesday, they shall obtain authorization from the President or Vice President who will coordinate scheduling on the Association web site.
  3. All Agency Training must be reserved through the Association web site via email to the Webmaster before use.
  4. Agencies are required to abide by all rules and regulations of the association. Failure to comply with rules may result in the termination of privileges to use the facility until all rules and safety requirements are met and followed.
  5. All agency personnel are required to sign the disclaimer before they use the facility.


V. Safety Rules:

  1. Treat all weapons as if they’re loaded. Safe weapons handling is the responsibility of the individual. Never assume a weapon handed to you is safe or unloaded.
  2. Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to destroy.
  3. Always be sure of your target and backstop (where the bullet lands).
  4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire and your sights are on target.
  5. Alcohol is not permitted on the range. Never mix alcohol or drugs (prescription or otherwise) and firearms.
  6. Be sure your ammunition and the weapons you are using are compatible.
  7. All members, guests, students and agency personnel must sign in the logbook prior to using the range daily. NOTE: Guest conduct and safety are the responsibility of the member. Student safety and conduct are the responsibility of the instructor(s).
  8. No target material will be mounted or placed ANYWHERE on the range except in the designated target areas where the backstop absorbs the impact of the bullet.
  9. Pick up all brass, casings and hulls and dispose of properly after you are finished shooting. Leave the range better than you found it.
  10. Use the dumpster for ALL trash and not brass!
  11. Empty your trash both inside and outside the building into the dumpster especially if you have eaten inside the building.
  12. Agencies must sweep floor and mop if needed.
  13. Turn Heat/AC unit and lights off before leaving.
  14. Lock all doors, windows and the gate when leaving.
  15. Any safety violation observed by any member of another party shall be reported to a RSO, assistant RSO or Executive Committee Member as soon as practical.
  16. For your personal safety, hats, ear protection and eye protection are required on the range while shooting.


VI. CCLEOA Disclaimer:

  1. The CCLEOA individual Disclaimer (the Disclaimer) must be signed by every member, guest, agency member and student before using the range or before being issued a membership card.
  2. The Disclaimer must be signed once by Members as long as they remain in good standing. If a membership lapses, the returning member must sign a new Disclaimer upon renewal of membership.
  3. All guests, agency personnel and students who are permitted to use the range must sign the Disclaimer annually. Everyone who uses the Training Facility must follow all rules.


VII. Facilities Lease Agreement/Contract and Liability Requirements:

  1. CCLEOA may lease its facilities to members, Agencies, and educational organizations on a routine basis for nominal fees. Current and future leases may be cancelled/voided for failure to comply with rules and regulations or failure to pay appropriate fees. The Executive Committee shall collect fees and ensure compliance of all contract agreements.
  2. Lease fees are identified below and are subject to change by a vote of the membership at any routine meeting.
    1. Individual meetings or parties not involving fees for attendance:
      1. i.    Building only. $50.00
      2. ii.    Building and range(s). $100.00 (range reservation is only permitted by Membership vote at a regular meeting.)
      3. Training or certification for paying students, including but not limited to Concealed Carry Permit classes:
        1. i.    $10.00 per student if using both buildings and firing ranges.
        2. ii.    $5.00 per student if using buildings or range only.
      4. All students, instructors and observers must sign in the logbook and sign the Disclaimer before class or range use begins.
  3. The instructors of training or certification for paying students must complete and comply with the CCLEOA “FACILITIES LEASE AGREEMENT/CONTRACT AND LIABILITY REQUIREMENTS prior to coordinating scheduling of their class(es) with the CCLEOA web site.
  4. Instructors shall ensure they provide payment for their lease within 72 hours of completion of the class. Payment by check only, with class date, number of students and instructor information may be deposited in the drop box located by the entrance door. Cash shall not be deposited into the drop box and the association is not responsible for any cash left in the drop box.
  5. When there is a Concealed Carry Class on the pistol range, the range will remain open for membership use.


VIII. Range Safety Officer (RSO):

  1. RSOs are appointed by the Executive Committee Members based upon their knowledge and qualifications.
  2. When present, the Range Safety Officer (RSO) has overarching authority for rules and safety enforcement of the range.
  3. The RSO may ban from the range any person handling a firearm in an unsafe or careless manner or for any serious violation of range rules until a decision of the Executive Committee members and RSOs is completed.
  4. Assistant RSOs shall follow the same directives and have the same authority of the RSO in the absence of an RSO.
  5. Violations of any Range Rules or By-laws may result in the termination of membership.
  6. When no RSO is present the Member or instructor is responsible for their guests or students conduct and safety at all times.


IX. Firing Line Procedure:

  1. Make sure your ear and eye protection are on before entering the range when firing is ongoing or imminent.
  3. Shooters must load and unload their own firearms unless they are a student under instruction or a minor under adult supervision.
  4. Only line-of-sight firing permitted. Keep your finger off the trigger until sights are on target.
  5. Any one seeing an unsafe condition may call a CEASE FIRE! CEASE FIRE means:
    1. STOP Shooting;
    2. Make a safe weapon (safety engaged and holstered or pointed down range in the absence of holster);
    3. Step back from line and assess the situation;
    4. Correct the unsafe act and ensure compliance with rules.


X. Vandalism/Damage to Range Facilities:

  1. Any member, guest, or student seen firing at lights, barricades, range property or equipment, or defacing or destroying any training facility property shall have their membership terminated and may be reported to the proper authorities for appropriate legal action. Members or instructors sponsoring those violators may lose their memberships as well.
  2. Firing at non-approved targets such as, bottles, cups, cans or other objects are prohibited. Commercial steel targets are approved but only in the designated area. You will be held accountable and required to pay for any damage you, your guest or student cause. Legal action may also be pursued.


XI. Target Areas and Permitted Targets:

  1. Turning target area - Law Enforcement only.
  2. Pistol Range - Dowel Rod (and variations), Paper Target and Commercial Steel Targets.
  3. Bowling Pin Table - bowling pins only.
  4. Shoot House, including portable walls, are for law enforcement training and reserved for academic and agency use only. (Law Enforcement  training use only!)
  5. Trap Area - clay birds and shotguns only.
  6. Backstop/sand berm shall not be used as target stands. (Do not place targets directly on the berm/backstop, it is designed for projectile impact only).
  7. Do not aim at the railroad ties. Holes are provided in the ties for dowel rods so targets are suspended above the ties.  Targets shall not be placed, stapled or tacked on or to the ties.
  8. Do not staple, tack, paste or otherwise attach targets to barricades, buildings tables, walls or poles/posts used to support turning target system or rope target system.
  9. Intentionally shooting or placing targets on any structure, tables, railroad ties or posts may result in termination of membership and will require payment for replacement of posts or railroad ties.


XII. Firearms Permitted:

  1. Center-fire rifles on the Rifle Range Only! Law enforcement training requiring use of turning targets for rifle certification and training is permitted in turning target area. Recreational shooting of rifles in the pistol or shotgun areas is not permitted. 50 Caliber Center Fire Rifles are allowed at the discretion of the RSO after proper paperwork and demonstrated ability to control the weapon. (Law Enforcement excluded from restrictions for training purposes.)
  2. Rimfire rifles may be used on the rifle range and pistol range.
  3. Shotguns - all gauges.
  4. Handguns - all calibers.
  5. Full automatic firearms are allowed at the discretion of the Range Safety Officer after proper paperwork and demonstrated ability to control the weapon (Law Enforcement excluded from restriction.)
  6. Black powder muzzle loading/percussion rifles are permitted on Rifle Range. Black powder/percussion pistols are permitted on the pistol range.
  7. Any firearms not mentioned above, check with the Range Officer before using them on the range.


XIII. Ammunition:

  1. Commercial and reloaded ammunition are permitted.
  2. Any type ammunition designed for penetrating metal is not permitted. No steel jacketed, steel core bullets permitted.
  3. No tracer, incendiary, or explosive ammunition permitted. Tannerite is not permitted.  Though tannerite is not considered an explosive it can be very destructive and ignite fires.
  4. Chemical Munitions and Distraction Devices (Law Enforcement Only)


XIV. Firing Line Occupants:

  1. All persons using the facilities will be of good character.
  2. We have the right and responsibility to refuse access to anyone who is unfit to carry a firearm.
  3. Anyone who has the smell of alcohol on their breath or who appears impaired while in possession of a firearm will be banned from the facility.
  4. All persons, including guests, students and Agency personnel, using the range, are required to receive, understand and sign the disclaimer notice before entering/using the range.
  5. Minors must be supervised by a parent or guardian who is competent in handling firearms at all times.
    1. Supervision shall mean the responsible adult is in close proximity (arms reach) to the minor so they can take immediate control of the weapon.
    2. Minor is defined as persons less than eighteen (18) years of age.
    3. The responsible/supervising adult shall act as a coach and MUST remain within arms reach of the minor while the minor is in possession of a firearm.
  6. NO FOOD, DRINK, CHEWING TOBACCO, SNUFF, OR SMOKING beyond the designated area.
  7. Equipment or other personal items left unattended is the owner's responsibility/risk.
  8. After firing on the range and prior to eating, smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking or applying cosmetics and lotions, wash your hands and face with soapy water to limit lead exposure as recommended by Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations (Standards - 29 CFR) 1910.1025 (i) (4) (iii).  Failure to wash your hands and face prior to eating, drinking, smoking, chewing tobacco or applying cosmetics and lotions can result in lead ingestion which may lead to health problems.


XV. Brass Retrieval:

  1. All ammunition, brass, casings and shotgun hulls must be picked up immediately upon completion of firing and disposed of properly.
  2. After picking up your brass and emptying your trash, wash your hands and face with soapy water to limit lead exposure as recommended by OSHA Regulation (Standards - 29 CFR) 1910.1025 (i) (4) (iii).  Failure to wash your hands and face can result in lead ingestion which may lead to health problems.


XVI. Hats, Eye and Ear Protection:

  1. Wearing of hat, hearing and eye protection is mandatory at all times while shooting. Hats reduce lead exposure. Eye and hearing protection requirements are self explanatory.
  2. Impact Resistant Safety glasses are recommended.
  3. All persons on the firing range, whether shooting or not, MUST wear eye and hearing protection.


XVII. Conclusion:

We, individually and collectively, are responsible for safe practices on our range and the enforcement of the rules and regulations that ensure our continued existence and success. How we and our guests conduct ourselves and how we use our range will determine how the community will receive, accept and support us.

Through hard work and dedication we have and shall continue to enjoy the privilege and convenience of using a firearms range and training facility. We must continue to take all steps necessary to ensure we run a safe, professional and efficient training facility/firing range.

In spite of our rules and best efforts to enforce those rules, it may only take one unsafe act to destroy all we have achieved since 1968. Or worse, that one unsafe or thoughtless act could cost someone their life.

Once an act is completed you generally cannot undo it.

If you see or hear of a problem speak up!

If you have any questions about range use or rules, please speak to a range safety officer or Executive Committee member.

As a rule, if you are unsure if something is allowed or not, don’t do it.  You will not regret being safe.

These rules replace and supersede all previous versions of rules either published or verbal.  These rules are effective immediately per direction  of the Executive Committee at the general meeting of 8 Mar 2016.

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