ARPC Member’s Handbook

 

Operations Plan
Preamble
Terminology

Range Rules and Regulation

Bylaws and Definitions
Article I. Name
Article II. Objectives
Article III. Membership
Article IV. Meetings of Members
Article V. Officers
Article VI. Board of Directors
Article VII. Committees
Article VIII. Contracts, Checks, Deposits, and Gifts
Article IX. Annual Dues
Article X. Matches
Article XI. Approved Firearms
Article XII. Approved Ranges
Article XIII. Dissolution
Article XIV. Amendments to Bylaws
Certification
Range # & Name
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Operations Plan

Preamble

This operations plan is enacted to insure the safety of persons supervising the range, using the range, or who are nearby. Its intent is to enhance safe firing range use and procedure.

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Terminology

Firing Line Commands

Cease Fire: Do not fire another shot. Unload all firearms and place in provided rack.

Emergency Cease Fire: Any person on the range who observes a hazardous situation may immediately call an emergency cease-fire.

Line is Hot: The person who gives the command has determined that no one is down range and it is safe for shooters to handle their firearms to prepare to shoot.

Load Weapon: It is safe for firing line weapons to be loaded.

Line is Safe: The person who gives the command has determined that all shooters have cleared and benched their firearms. Persons may safely go down range.

As You Were: Disregard the command just given.

Commence Firing: Shooters may begin firing.

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Definitions

Member: A person who has completed requirements for admission, is current in dues, and has been issued an identification card.

Range Officer: The person temporarily designated to be in charge of the range and control its operation.

Guest: A person who is not a member and who is accompanied by a member.

Non-Member Participant: a non-member participating in an organized shooting activity.

Storage Building: Any building on the range where materials or equipment may be kept.

Down Range: In front of any firing line, including the area on the other side of any berm.

Firing Line: A clearly defined area, parallel to a line of targets, from which shooters fire.

Range Officer: A member who is using the range property alone or with a member guest is the Range Officer. If more than one member is present the group will select one member to be the Range Officer.

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Range Rules and Regulation
Orientation/Reorientation

    1. All new members are required to complete range orientation before membership is approved or at such other times as required by Board of Directors.

Administrative Regulations

      1. Hours of operation will be during daylight hours only.
      2. The first shooter at the range assumes the responsibility of the Range Officer unless by mutual agreement another club member assumes that task.
      3. If a shooter wishes to use any part of the 500-yard range (Range 1) they must first hang the sign closing the 500-yard firing points under the shed and when possible park his/her vehicle on the berm adjoining the bench he/she is occupying. Then the shooter may proceed down range to put up targets, and/or to shoot from a position down range.
      4. No one should approach a firing point with a loaded firearm. When approaching a firing line, pistols should be unloaded and have the slides back, magazines out, and cylinders open, and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Rifles should be unloaded and have the bolts open, magazines or clips out, and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

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Safety Rules

      1. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
      2. Keep your finger off the trigger, until ready to fire.
      3. Keep the action open and firearm unloaded until ready to use.
      4. Be sure the firearm and ammunition are compatible.
      5. Be sure of the target and what is beyond.
      6. Wear ear and eye protection.
      7. Do not mix alcohol and drugs with shooting activities.

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Range Regulations

      1. Members are required to identify themselves on request, and when requested show their membership card.
      2. A member is not permitted to give gate key to a non-member.  A lost key will cost 1-year membership fee for replacement.
      3. Members will be held responsible for the conduct of their member guests. Member guests on the range must be with a member. For safety reasons there is a limit of two shooting member guests per member per visit.
      4. Member guests who are not immediate family members, who live in Angelina County or contiguous counties, and who have visited the range two times are expected to join the club. Immediate family is considered to be the spouse and children less than eighteen years of age.
      5. Persons under the age of 18 years will be permitted to fire  only under the direct supervision of a regular member of  the club; except members of the Junior Division over 15 years of age who have been certified by the Range Officer and/or Executive Officer to fire unsupervised.
      6. The range may be closed for informal shooting during organized shooting events or maintenance times.
      7. Any person who willfully shoots at buildings, equipment, target carriers or frames, etc., or who places targets in a location other than a designated target location shall be immediately suspended from the range and shall be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. No metal targets are to be fired at with any rifle or shotgun with slugs.
      8. Any range officer, club officer, or director may immediately eject from the ranges any person for violation of these rules and reports violation to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will review any expulsion and may suspend or remove the member who violates the rules.

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Special Range Rules

  1. Shooting at animals and birds is prohibited.
  2. No person may go forward of the firing line or any firing point on any range until the firing on all sections of that range has ceased, all firearms are unloaded and racked and the line is known to be safe. After the line is made safe, then no one may touch a firearm for any reason until everyone is back from down range, and the Range Officer has declared the range hot.
  3. Targets will be placed so bullets go into the backstop without ricochets. Firing at anything other than approved targets is prohibited.
  4. Firing of shot loads size 6 or smaller will be permitted only on the shotgun range, range #6.
  5. Shotgun slugs or buckshot must be fired into the berms of the rifle and plinking pit ranges.
  6. Discharging a firearm, including slide fire and bump fire, in full automatic action (more than one shot per trigger squeeze) is unsafe on this range, and is prohibited.
  7. All safety rules of the National Rifle Association, the Skeet and Trap Association, the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, and the IPSC Association will be followed.
  8. Exploding targets of any kind (e.g., tannerite) is prohibited.

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Control Measures

The range gate must remain closed and locked at all times except during matches or when an officer or match director is permitting traffic for a planned meeting at the range.

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Emergency Plan

In case of an injury or illness requiring emer­gency medical care:

1.   Call a cease-fire and report the situation to the Range Officer.

2.   Render assistance and administer first aid.

a.   The first aid kit is kept in the restrooms.

3.   Initiate emergency notification by calling 911.

  1. Request first response, ambulance, or air lift, or indicate that the injured person is coming to the hospital by private vehicle.
  2. State the type of injury and number of persons injured.
  3. Give directions to the range.
  4. Identify yourself, the range, and its location.

4.   Designate a person to maintain the accident site integrity.

5.   Send a person to Rifle Road & Hwy 69 to guide the sheriff’s deputy or ambulance to the site.

6.   Report the incident to a club officer and fill out any accident report as needed.

Clean Up Procedures after Range Use

1.   Remove targets from backers and pick up all trash from the firing line.

2.   Insure the doors to all range buildings are shut.

3.   Lock the main gate.

5.   Notify the President of any maintenance or supply problems.

Training or Special Interest Policy

The Range Officer must approve instructors before offering formal instruction on the Range.

Members or non-members wanting to schedule a special event on the Range property that would curtail informal shooting must get approval from the Board of Directors.

Organizations wishing to schedule events at the Range property must have the approval of the Board of Directors.

Bylaws and Definitions

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Article I. Name

The name of this organization shall be the Angelina Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc., (AR&PC) a non-profit corporation chartered under the laws of the State of Texas.

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Article II. Objectives

The objectives of this organization shall be to encourage the sport of competitive and recreational rifle and pistol shooting among its members, to provide safe, properly constructed, and attractive facilities for such shooting. This organization will promote the development of shooting skills and sportsmanship among its members. AR&PC may acquire title to real and personal property and improve the same within its means to do so.

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Article III. Membership

Membership

Section 1. Any person, who is of legal resident, of the United States, 18 years of age or older, may become a member of AR&PC.

Voting Rights

Section 2. Each member shall be entitled to one vote on each submitted matter. Each member will be required to be present to count his or her vote. No proxy voting will be allowed.

Termination of Membership

Section 3. The Board of Directors, by affirmative votes of two-thirds of the members of the Board present and voting, may discipline, suspend, or expel a member for cause after an appropriate hearing.

Transfer of Membership

Section 4. Membership in AR&PC is not transferable.

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Article IV. Meetings of Members

Annual Meeting

Section 1. An annual meeting of the members will be held on the 4th Tuesday of November of each year. Meeting time will be at 7:00pm. The purpose of this meeting will be to elect Officers and Board of Director positions that will be vacant in the next calendar year. The positions that will be nominated and voted upon are as follows:

President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Chief Range Officer, and any vacant Board of Director positions.

Location

Section 2. The location of any meeting of the membership or the Board of Directors can be designated anywhere within Angelina County, State of Texas.

Notice of Meetings

Section 3. Notice of all meetings will be given to the membership not less than 10 days and not more than 60 days prior to such meeting. Notice may be given by electronic format.

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Article V. Officers

Officers

Section 1. The officers of AR&PC shall consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Range Officer. No person shall hold more than one of these offices at any one time.

Qualifications

Section 2. The President and Vice-President shall be required to be members of AR&PC for no less than 3 years prior to taking office. All other officers shall be required to have been members of AR&PC for no less than one year prior to taking office.

Removal

Section 3. The Board of Directors, by affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the Board present and voting may remove any Officer or Director from service.

Vacancies

Section 4. The Board of Directors will fill a vacancy in any office for the remainder of the term. An annual meeting in which the members elect to fill that position will fill all vacancies. The term for the replacement Officer or Director would continue until the next Annual Meeting at which time annual election will take place.

Duties of the President

Section 5. The President shall be the principal executive officer of AR&PC. He/she shall govern all meetings by Parliamentary Procedures as outlined by Robert’s Rules of Order. He/she shall preside over all meetings of AR&PC. He/she may sign any contract for services to be performed for AR&PC up to $1,000.00 per project. The signatures of the President and Secretary/Treasurer, or any two Directors must approve contracts for more than $1,000.00. In the absence of the Secretary/Treasurer, the President is authorized to write and sign checks against AR&PC not to exceed $1,000.00 per project without approval of the Board of Directors. The President in general will perform all duties prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Duties of the Vice-President

Section 6. In the absence of the President or in the event of his/her inability the Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President with the exception of financial authorizations. The Vice-President will perform other such duties from time to time assigned to him/her by the President or Board of Directors.

Duties of the Secretary/Treasurer

Section 7. The Secretary/Treasurer will be charged to keep an accurate accounting of all of the minutes from AR&PC meetings. He/she will also be required to keep an accurate accounting of all AR&PC funds. He/she will report on these accounts at each meeting of the membership and the Board of Directors. He/she shall be responsible for all securities and funds of AR&PC. He/she shall keep a record of all members and their contacts in order to notify the membership of meetings, matches and any other important information about the club. The Secretary/Treasurer will from time to time perform the duties assigned by the President and the Board of Directors.

Duties of the Range Officer

Section 8. The Range Officer will coordinate the match schedule of all approved matches on AR&PC property. He/she will coordinate the use of AR&PC property by non-member groups with the consent of the Board of Directors. He/she will cause all matches to be governed by NRA Regulations. The Range Officer will make recommendations to the Board of Directors relative to range safety and range improvement. In general he/she will perform all duties assigned from time to time by the President or the Board of Directors.

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Article VI. Board of Directors

General Powers

Section 1. Its Board of Directors shall manage the affairs of AR&PC.

Section 2. The number of Directors shall be seven with six elected Directors and the Past President. Each Director shall hold an office for a term of three years.

Section 3. Only the Elected Directors and the Past President will have a vote, except in the event of a tie, in which the President will cast the deciding vote.

Meetings of the Board of Directors

Section 4. Meetings of the Board of Directors can be called by or at the request of the President or any two Directors. The purpose of the meeting need not be expressed in the notice of the meeting, unless specified by law or these bylaws.

Section 5. The attendance of a majority of the Board of Directors will constitute a quorum and will therefore allow the decisions made at such meetings valid.

Section 6. Regular quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors will be held and notice provided to members.

Section 7. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President, Board of Directors, or not less than one-tenth of the members having voting rights. Two days notice will be required for all special meetings.

Compensation

Section 8. A Director will not be allowed to accept any compensation for his/her duties.

Section 9: The President will receive a gas allowance in an amount set by the BOD.

Section 10: Authorized persons conducting orientations will receive a gas allowance in an amount set by the Board of Directors.

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Article VII. Committees

Section 1. Committees not having the authority of the Board of Directors may be designated from time to time to aid in the promotion, improvements, and any other needs of the club. These committees will be governed by these bylaws and the State and Federal Laws in which AR&PC must adhere to.

Section 2. There will be no specified term of office on such committees.

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Article VIII. Contracts, Checks, Deposits, and Gifts

Contracts

Section 1. The Board of Directors may authorize any officer or officers, agent or agents of AR&PC, in addition to the officers so authorized by these bylaws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on the behalf of AR&PC. Such authority may be general or confined.

Checks and Drafts

Section 2. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for all checks and drafts concerning AR&PC. Receipts must accompany all requests for reimbursement.

Deposits

Section 3. All funds of AR&PC shall be deposited to the credit of AR&PC in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as the Board of Directors may select. No group within AR&PC may maintain its own account. All proceeds from matches will be deposited with the Secretary/Treasurer of AR&PC and reimbursements made from valid receipts.

Gifts

Section 4. The Board of Directors may accept on behalf of AR&PC any contribution, gift, bequest or devise for any purpose of AR&PC as long as it is in the best interest of AR&PC.

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Article IX. Annual Dues

Section 1. The Board of Directors may determine from time to time the amount of initiation fee, if any, and the annual dues payable to AR&PC by the members.

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Article X. Matches

Match Rules

Section 1. All matches held on AR&PC property will be governed by the rules and regulations stated by the NRA or other recognized shooting sports sanctioned organization.

Section 2. All matches will have at least one qualified match Range Officer. He/she will be responsible for all safety issues of the match.

Section 3. For each match that takes place, photos and match results will be submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer. All fees will be collected and submitted with an expense report to the S/T. Any requests for reimbursements will be submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer accompanied by receipts.

Fees

Section 4. The Board of Directors may from time to time set fees, if any, for any member or members group for the use of AR&PC ranges for matches. These fees will be published to all members as the changes occur.

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Article XI. Approved Firearms

Section 1. Approved firearms include but not limited to pistols, rifles, and shotguns used for competitive and recreational shooting.

Section 2. AR&PC will not allow the use of any firearms associated with or capable of mass destruction including but not limited to machine guns, fully automatic firearms, or bomb related materials.

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Article XII. Approved Ranges

Section 1. There are six approved rifle ranges. These include Range #1-550-yard range, Range #2-100-yard range, Range #4-small bore silhouette range, Range #9-youth range, Range #10- 50 meter benchrest, and Range #13- 100/200 yard range.

Section 2. There is one approved shotgun clay range, Range #6. This range is only approved for shooting clay pigeons.

Section 3. Range #3 is only approved for shooting Bullseye Pistol Competitions and Bullseye practice. All activities on this range will follow NRA Standard Outdoor Pistol Rules only. Only approved members may use this range.

Section 4. There is an IPSC, Range #8, approved complex.

Section 5. Range #5 is a 25-yard pistol range. Range #11 and #12 are for concealed carry practice. These ranges are not used for self-defense instruction.

Section 6. There is a Plinking Pit, Range #7. This range is used simply to shoot at random targets, not to include glass, steel, or appliances. Targets must be placed against the berm.

Section 7. Any variation from approved targets (e.g. steel plates, bowling pins, etc.) must have prior approval from the Board of Directors and must be conducted under the supervision of the Range Officer.

Section 8. All ranges have been designed with backstops. The only range without a backstop is the shotgun range. All firearms with the exception of the shotguns, on the shotgun range must be fired into a backstop for safety reasons.

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Article XIII. Dissolution

Section 1. If for any reason AR&PC cannot function in the pursuit of the objectives stated in these bylaws and its dissolution is voted upon and approved by a vote of the members the following actions will be taken:

All real and personal property of AR&PC will be disposed of at public auction under supervision of the Board of Directors.

All outstanding debts will be paid or otherwise discharged.

All remaining liquid assets will be transferred by check to the National Rifle Association accompanied by a letter of explanation.

All financial accounts will be brought to a zero balance, by accomplishment of these bylaws, and the accounts closed.

All Range pictures/drawings and documents of AR&PC will be collected, conserved, and sent to the National Rifle Association for their legal needs.

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Article XIV. Amendments to Bylaws

Section 1. These bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed and new bylaws may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of all present and voting members of the Board of Directors.

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Certification

We certify that these bylaws have been adopted by a vote of the members of Angelina Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc., which was taken on June 4, 2015.

For The Membership,

President
Gary Hubbell

Secretary/Treasurer
Janice Huffman

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Range # & Name
Range #    Name

  1.  550 Yard Rifle
  2. 100 Yard Rifle
  3. Bullseye Pistol Range
  4. Small Bore Silhouette (Bays A & B)
  5. 25 Yard Pistol
  6. Shot Gun
  7. Plinking Pit
  8. IPSIC IDPA (Bays A, B, & C)
  9. Youth Range (bullet traps)
  10. 50 Meter Bench Rest
  11. Concealed Carry #1
  12. Concealed Carry #2 with Dueling Tree
  13. 100/200 Yard Rifle

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Last Updated: June 4, 2015

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