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Club Rules

These rules have been established to insure the safety of club members and club property.  This is your range. Treat it as you would your own property.  Take care of it and everyone will be able to enjoy it.   Use common sense and shoot safely.  If you have questions, contact any club officer.

VIOLATION OF RANGE RULES RESULT IN IMMEDIATE REVOCATION OF MEMBERSHIP.
NO EXEPTIONS. NOBODY GETS A SECOND CHANCE!

--- The range cannot be used without a club member present.  This means you can't loan your key to someone, nor can your spouse & kids be at the range without you being present.

--- Minimum age for club membership is 18.

--- Anyone over can age 18 can be a guest only once a year.  After that, they are expected to pay their dues to become a member.

--- IOWA STATE LAW – Iowa Code, Chapter 724 states that “a parent, guardian or another person over 18 years, with the express consent of the minor's parent or guardian may allow a minor to possess a RIFLE or SHOTGUN or the ammunition therefore which may be lawfully used.”  This means an adult must be on the range with anyone under 18, for them to shoot a rifle. 

--- IOWA STATE LAW further states that ,”A parent or guardian of a person aged 14, but less than 21 may allow the person to possess a HANDGUN or the ammunition therefor for any lawful purpose WHILE UNDER THE DIRECT SUPERVISION of the parent, guardian or while the person receives instruction in the proper use thereof, from an instructor 21 years old or older, with the consent of the parent or guardian.”  This means that an adult, 21 or older, with parential consent, must be on the range with anyone under 21, for them to shoot a handgun.

VIOLATION OF STATE LAW PUTS THE CLUB AT RISK FROM BOTH A LEGAL AND LIABILITY STANDPOINT AND WILL NOT BE PERMITTED


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Attention!  If you have any contact with minors and handguns you better become acquainted with this section of Iowa Law!  Ignorance of the law is no excuse!

Below is Section 724.22 of the Iowa Code:

724.22  PERSONS UNDER TWENTY-ONE -- SALE, LOAN, GIFT, MAKING AVAILABLE -- POSSESSION.

1. Except as provided in subsection 3, a person who sells, loans, gives, or makes available a rifle or shotgun or ammunition for a rifle or shotgun to a minor commits a serious misdemeanor for a first offense and a class "D" felony for second and subsequent offenses.


2. Except as provided in subsections 4 and 5, a person who sells, loans, gives, or makes available a pistol or revolver or ammunition for a pistol or revolver to a person below the age of twenty-one commits a serious misdemeanor for a first offense and a class "D" felony for second and subsequent offenses.

3. A parent, guardian, spouse who is eighteen years of age or older, or another with the express consent of the minor's parent or guardian or spouse who is eighteen years of age or older may allow a minor to possess a rifle or shotgun or the ammunition therefor which may be lawfully used.


4. A person eighteen, nineteen, or twenty years of age may possess a firearm and the ammunition therefor while on military duty or while a peace officer, security guard or correctional officer, when such duty requires the possession of such a weapon or while the person receives instruction in the proper use thereof from an instructor who is twenty-one years of age or older.


5. A parent or guardian or spouse who is twenty-one years of age or older, of a person fourteen years of age but less than twenty-one may allow the person to possess a pistol or revolver or the ammunition therefor for any lawful purpose while under the direct supervision of the parent or guardian or spouse who is twenty-one years of age or older, or while the person receives instruction in the proper use thereof from an instructor twenty-one years of age or older, with the consent of such parent, guardian or spouse.


Paragraph 5 states that the minor must be under direct supervision of their parent or guardian in order to possess a handgun or ammo for one with only one exception: that is for instruction by a certified instructor, with parental consent. That is what the consent form does that is used for the SPP program and our Junior Program and why the instructors are certified.

That means you can’t just hand your responsibility to another adult. As long as you are with them everything is fine but without your presence you are likely in violation of state law. They are also in violation for “unlawful possession of a handgun by a minor”.

Read paragraph 2: It specifies the penalties for you for violating the law. It moves to felony very quickly.

Obviously, violation of State law puts the club at risk and puts you in violation of club rules which carries with it permanent revocation of membership.


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INDOOR RANGE RULES
--- NOT ALLOWED:  .22 Magnum, .17 caliber anything, center-fire rifle cartridges, shotguns or black powder firearms. The only long guns allowed are .22 rimfire, short, long or long rifle.

--- All jacketed bullets must be lead core.  No steel core or steel jacketed ammo can be used. Nothing with a power factor above that of a 44 magnum is allowed. Use target loads on the range. It makes no sense to use max loads indoors. List of approved calibers is posted or ask a club officer.

--- Place target all the way to the backstop. If you need to be closer move downrange, but do it only when there is no one else on the range.

--- Shoot only your target. Shoot paper targets only.

--- Do not shoot the walls, ceiling, center posts or the lane numbers.

--- Each shooter is responsible for policing their own brass. Place brass in proper barrel.  Leave the range neater than you found it.

--- Members may bring guests, but the same guest only one time per year.  Check range use rules.

--- No loaded firearms in the club room.

--- Range is always reserved for scheduled events.

--- Alcohol and firearms do not mix.  Shoot-then relax.

--- Be sure to close the vents, shut off fan & lights and lock the door when you leave.

--- Rules violations will result in membership revocation.

--- Report any range problems or accidents to a club officer immediately.

Cartridges permitted at indoor range
.22 rimfire (short, long, long rifle)
.32 ACP
.380 Auto or 9mm x17
9mm x18 Makarov
9mm x19 Luger or Parabellum
9mm x 23 Winchester
.38 Super
.38 Special
.357 Magnum
.357 Sig
.40 S&W
10mm
.41 Magnum
.44 Special
.44 Magnum
.45 GAP
.45 ACP
.45 Long Colt
.460 Rowland

OUTDOOR RANGE RULES
--- The Club leases the land where the outdoor range is located. Take care to close the gate behind you in consideration of livestock control.

--- Range is open April 1 until October 1. If it is too muddy DO NOT DRIVE IN.

--- Range is reserved for scheduled events.  Range cannot be used when matches are being fired, or range prep is underway.

--- Shoot only at your targets.  Do not shoot buildings, trees, trash barrel, target backstops and holders.

--- Be sure of your backstop. There is no excuse for a round leaving the range.  Rifles must be fired at the main berm at the North end of the range.

--- NO EXPLODING TARGETS PERMITTED.

--- Each shooter is responsible for policing the area for empty shells, brass and shotgun shells.  Clean used targets from the target holders, and put them in the burn barrel. Leave the range neater than you found it.

--- DO NOT light the burn barrel unless you plan to stay on the range until it completely burned out.

--- Members may bring guests, but the same guest only once.  If they want to shoot more they must be a member.  This is a requirement for insurance.

--- Alcohol and firearms do not mix.  Shoot, then relax after the guns are put away.




BY LAWS

HUMBOLDT RIFLE & PISTOL CLUB

HUMBOLDT, IOWA

AFFILIATED WITH THE
NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

Updated 0913


ARTICLE I
NAME

The name of this organization shall be:

HUMBOLDT RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB.

ARTICLE II
OBJECT

The object of this organization shall be the encouragement of organized rifle and pistol of shooting among citizens of the United States resident in our community, with a view toward a better knowledge on the part of such citizens of the safe handling and  proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship.  It shall be our further objective and purpose to forward the development of those characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance, which are the essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundation of true patriotism.

ARTICLE III
MEMBERSHIP

Any citizen of the United States 18 years of age or over, who swears they are not a convicted felon and that they can legally own firearms, may become a member of this organization on vote of the executive Committee after subscribing to the following pledge and on payment of the usual initiation fee and dues.  They must also maintain membership in the National Rifle Association of America to be eligible for club membership.

The NRA Pledge
I CERTIFY that I am a citizen of the United States of America and that I am not a member of any organization or group which has as any part of its program the attempt to overthrow the Government of the United States or any of its political subdivisions by force or violence;  that I have never been convicted of a crime of violence, and if admitted to membership I will faithfully endeavor to fulfill the obligations of good sportsmanship and good citizenship.

ARTICLE IV
DUES

(a) The member’s annual dues to the club shall be $125.00 payable at the January meeting.
 
(b) The club may, at the discretion of the Executive Committee, issue $10 vouchers to members for their participation in club work activities. These vouchers are turned in to help defray the cost of the member’s dues.
 
(c) Senior member (over 65) annual dues to the club shall be $60.00 payable at the January meeting.
 
(d) New members joining the club will be levied pro-rated dues based on the month they join the club.  (A new member is defined as one that has not been a member for three consecutive years proceeding the year in which they wish to apply for membership).  The amount of the dues for new members goes down $10 per month from the first of the year, December will pay the next years membership dues.  Renewal of all membership will be in January with the usual membership fee as noted above.


ARTICLE V
MEETINGS

(a) Annual Meeting. The annual meeting for the club shall be held on the second Thursday of January in each year. If the annual meeting shall not take place at the time fixed, it shall be held within a reasonable time thereafter, and all officers shall hold over until their successors shall have been elected.
 
(b) Regular Meetings. The regular business meeting of the club for the transaction of ordinary business shall be held on the second Thursday of each month, at such time and places as may be fixed  by  the Executive Committee.

(c) Special Meeting. A special meeting of the club may be held at any time upon the call of the President or upon the call of the Executive Committee, or upon the demand in writing, stating the object of the proposed meeting, and signed by not less than 20% of the members entitled to vote.  Notice of the time, place and object of any special meeting shall be given all officers and members in good standing by appropriate means not less than seven days prior to the date fixed for the holding of the meeting.  The place of such special meeting shall be fixed by the Executive Committee.
 
(d)    Quorum.  Quorum of our club shall be the majority of members present.


ARTICLE VI
OFFICERS

(a) The officers of this club shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Safety/Executive Officer who, acting together, shall constitute the Executive Committee.  They shall be elected by a majority vote by ballot of the members in good standing present at the annual meeting of the club.  The term of the President and Vice President is one year. The terms of the other officers is two years..Election shall be on even numbered years. The executive Committee shall have general supervision and control of all activities of the club.

(b) Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held regularly at such time and place as the Committee may determine.  Special meetings may be held at any time on the call of the President or on demand, in writing to the Secretary, by three members of the committee.

(c)  Four members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.

(d) Resignation of any officer may be accepted by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Executive Committee.

(e) A vacancy in the Executive Committee may be filled by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Committee.  However, if more than one vacancy exists a special meeting of the club shall be called and new officers shall be elected to fill the vacancies until the date of the next annual meeting as provided in paragraph (a) above.


ARTICLE VII
DUTIES OF OFFICERS

(a) President.  The President shall preside at all meetings of the club and of the Executive Committee.  The President shall be a member ex-officio of all regular and special committees, and shall perform all such other duties as usually pertaining to the office of President. The President is not directly elected but is elexted Vice President and assumes the office of president the following year.

(b) Vice-President.  The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President (in his absence) or at the President’s request.  The Vice-President will assume the office of the President following his term or upon his resignation.

(c) Secretary.  The Secretary or designated representative shall conduct all official correspondence pertaining to the proper preparation and forwarding of all reports required of the club by the National Rifle Association and by the Civilian Marksmanship Program.  The Secretary shall notify the members of the Executive Committee of all meetings and shall notify all members of special and annual meetings, as required in Article V.  The Secretary shall keep a true record of all meetings of the Executive Committee and of the club and have the custody of the books and papers of the club except the Treasurer’s books of account.

(d) Treasurer.  The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds of the club and place the same in such bank or banks as may be approved by the Executive Committee.  Such money shall only be withdrawn by check signed by the Treasurer and for the payment of such bills as have been approved by the membership.  Regular monthly bills can be paid without approval.  The Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of all the transactions and render a detailed report with vouchers at any meeting of the Executive Committee when requested and an annual report to the organization at the annual meeting. The Treasurer shall be responsible for re-affiliating the club with the National Rifle Association and the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of all fees and dues. All applications for membership in the club shall be made to the Treasurer or designated representative. The treasurer is responsible for the annual filing all required tax returns with the Federal and state governments.

(e) Safety Officer/Executive Officer.  Shall be responsible for the maintaining and upkeep of the indoor and outdoor ranges in a safe condition and shall have charge of the ranges of the club, the arranging of competitions, etc.  He is responsible for all range safety issues and concerns for the club. He shall contract no bills without the authorization of the Executive Committee.


ARTICLE VIII
SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION

(a) Any officer may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the members in good standing present at any special meeting called for this purpose.  No vote on suspension or removal may be taken unless at least fifteen days notice in writing shall have been given to the officer of the reasons for his removal and of the time and place of the special meeting at which such ballot on his removal is to be taken.  At such special meeting, the officer shall be given a full hearing.

(b) Any member may be suspended or expelled from the club for any cause deemed sufficient by the Executive Committee by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the members of the committee present at any regular or special meeting.  The Executive Committee will determine the length of such suspension or expulsion.  No vote on suspension or expulsion may be taken unless at least fifteen days notice in writing shall have been given to the member of the charges preferred and of the time and place of the meeting of the Executive Committee at which such charges will be considered.  At such meeting, the member under charges will be accorded a full hearing.

(c) Charges against any officer or member may be preferred by any member in good standing.  They shall be in writing clearly stating the facts relied upon and accompanied by all affidavits or exhibits which are to be used in their support.  Such charges shall be filed with the Secretary, who will immediately notify the President.  The President will call a meeting of the Executive Committee to hear the charges.  The Secretary will give at least fifteen days notice of the meeting to each member of the Executive Committee and to the accuser and to the accused, which notice shall be in writing and will include a true copy of the charges and of the supporting affidavits and exhibits.

(d) Any member suspended or expelled by the Executive Committee may appeal to the full membership of the club.  Such appeal shall be made in writing to the Secretary who will notify the President.  The President will call a special meeting of the club for the purpose of acting on the appeal.  The Secretary shall give at least fifteen days notice in writing to all members of the club in good standing, stating the date, time, place, and reason for such special meeting.  At the meeting of the full club the Secretary will read the original charges, the supporting affidavits, and will read or display the accompanying exhibits, and will read the minutes of the special meeting of the Executive Committee at which the charges were heard and action taken.  A full hearing will be given the accuser and the accused.  A vote will be taken by ballot of the members in good standing, present and a two-thirds vote shall be required to reverse the action of the Executive Committee.

(e) Any official or member of the club who has been suspended or expelled by the National Rifle Association of America shall automatically stand suspended or expelled from this club immediately upon receipt of official notice by the Secretary of this club from the Secretary of the National Association.


ARTICLE IX
MATCH RULES

All rifle and revolver or pistol competitions held by the club will be governed by the rules and regulations set forth by the sanctioning organization.


ARTICLE X
AMENDMENTS

Any member of the club at any regular meeting may introduce any proposed amendments to these bylaws at a special meeting called for that purpose. They must be acted upon by the club membership at a regular meeting or a special meeting called for the purpose, provided a copy of the approved amendment has been sent to each club member by appropriate means at least seven days prior to the meeting.  A two-thirds vote of the members present will be necessary to pass or reject any changes.