PLEASE NOTE THAT NON COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES MAY RESULT IN DISIPLINARY ACTION BEING TAKEN BY THE CLUB COMMITTEE!
1. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF CLUB OFFICERS
(1.1.1) The President shall preside at all meetings of members and at Committee meetings, but in the absence of the President the chair may be taken by the Vice-President or, if the Vice-President is not present, by the next senior Committee member present. The Chairman in all cases of equal voting shall have a casting in addition to a deliberate vote.
(1.1.2) The President shall not be eligible for re-election to the position after three consecutive terms of office but shall be eligible for re-election one year after vacating such office.
(1.1.3) The President shall present an annual Report on the club to the Annual General Meeting.
1.2 CLUB CAPTAIN
(1.2.1) The Club Captain is responsible for organising Club activities when the Club is hosting or competing against another Club or organisation.
(1.2.2) The Club Captain will represent the Club at prize giving’s and will present or receive prizes on behalf of the Club.
(1.2.3) The Club Captain will not receive prizes on behalf of individuals unless the individual is not present at the prize giving.
(1.2.4) If the Club Captain is not present, the most senior committee member shall perform the Club Captains duties.
(1.3.1) The Secretary shall keep a register of the names, addresses and occupations of all members, convene and attend the Annual, all Special, Ordinary and Committee Meetings of the club, and shall conduct the correspondence.
(1.3.2) The Secretary shall also maintain any club records or records of members as may from time to time be required by the Committee or Pistol New Zealand.
(1.3.3) The Secretary shall also give notice of meetings and generally inform members in accordance with the requirements of these Rules and the Committee.
(1.3.4) The Secretary shall have custody of the Seal, title deeds and other documents belonging to the club and shall keep Minutes of all meetings except meetings of Sub- Committees.
1.4 CHIEF RANGE OFFICER
(1.4.1) The Chief Range Officer shall be a member who has attained Pistol New Zealand Range Officer qualification, or should a member without this qualification be elected to the position, such member shall within the period of office so qualify.
(1.4.2) The Chief Range Officer shall supervise, generally and in compliance with the club and Pistol New Zealand Range Rules, the conduct of all practice, trial and competition shoots held under the authority of the club or Pistol New Zealand.
(1.4.3) The Chief Range Officer may, in the course of any practice, trial or competition, or any shoot in which members participate, suspend any member whose conduct that officer considers dangerous, undesirable or contrary to the Rules of the club or Pistol New Zealand. Such suspension shall prohibit the suspended member from participating in any of the clubs shooting activities during the period of suspension.
(1.4.4) The Chief Range Officer shall as soon as possible after any suspension, report such suspension in writing giving reasons to the Club President or Secretary, either of whom shall convene a meeting of the Committee for as soon as practicable thereafter for the purpose of considering the matter.
(1.4.5) Any member so suspended shall leave the Range, gallery, or vicinity of shooting and shall remain suspended until such time as the Committee advises its decision to the contrary.
(1.4.6) The Chief Range Officer may, as necessary, appoint a Deputy Range Officer, preferably one suitably qualified, to carry out the duties of Range Officer on a temporary basis. A member so appointed shall be entitled to exercise the powers and duties of the Chief Range Officer, but shall not have Committee status for this purpose unless entitled to that status by election thereto.
(1.5.1) All monies due to the club shall be paid to the Treasurer who shall keep correct books of account and books showing the financial affairs of the club and the particulars usually shown in books of a like stature, and shall weekly pay into such bank account as the Committee shall from time to time direct, to the credit of the club, all monies received on behalf of the club.
(1.5.2) The Treasurer shall also submit a Balance Sheet and Statement of Receipts and accounts of the financial affairs of the club to the Annual General Meeting, such Statement having previously been examined and certified by the auditor if required.
(1.5.3) Such Statement shall contain particulars of income and expenditure of the club during the last financial year, the assets and liabilities of the club at the close of the said year and of all mortgages and charges affecting any of the property of the club.
(1.5.4) All payments out of the funds of the club shall be made by order of the Committee. Cheques drawn in the name of the club on any club account, withdrawal slips, promissory notes or other negotiable documents shall be signed by not less than two of the officers empowered to sign such documents.
(1.5.5) The officers empowered to sign such documents on behalf of the club shall be the President, Vice-President and the Treasurer, or if a Treasurer is not elected, then the Secretary/Treasurer.
The Armourer shall be responsible for the safe custody, carriage and maintenance of all pistol owned or possessed by members which for the time being and at any time are in the possession of the Armourer. The Deputy Armourer and the Assistant Armourer shall have like responsibilities in respect of any members or other pistols in their possession at any time, except that the Armourer shall have overall responsibility in such matters.
2. RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL MEMBERS
2.1 All members of the club shall at all times be bound by the Rules and Constitution of the club and shall work within them.
2.2 All members are to comply with the provisions of the current Trentham Camp Range Standing Orders relating to the Allen Range, and any other range rules, pertaining to the range that they might attend, at all times.
2.3 Only Committee approved members who have passed the PNZ Club Range Officers exam, or MOSRC Range Officer exam, are permitted to uplift the Allen Range Key from N.Z. Defence for live firing practices.
2.4 All members shall sit and pass a Pistol New Zealand Club Range Officers course within one (1) year of joining the club.
3. RANGE PROCEEDURES
3.1 All range procedures MUST be in accordance with the current Trentham Camp Range Standing Orders that are held in the Allen Range key box and at the clubrooms.
3.2 All persons on the range are to follow instructions given by the range officer at all times. Failure to do so may result in them being sent off the range or disqualification or both. (In the case of a safety breach the range officer is to prepare a report and notify the secretary who will present the issue to the next possible committee meeting for consideration about holding a disciplinary hearing).
3.3 Shooters should be familiar with range commands, Trentham Camp Range Standing Orders, and rules of the match. If not, they should query the range officer before preparation time to clarify any areas of concern.
3.4 People wishing use to firearms other than those being used in a competition, but in accordance with Trentham Camp Range Standing Orders, must obtain permission from the range officer and shoot them from such bays designated by the range officer.
3.5 Shooters who are eligible to learn pistol shooting or small-bore rifle shooting and have no prior experience are permitted to learn pistol or rifle shooting under the following conditions:
Pistol shooting: Pistol shooters are permitted to use rim fire pistols under instruction until approved as competent by a suitably qualified person. Firing is only permitted from the 25m target line to the 50m target line.
Small-bore shooters: Small-bore shooters wishing to engage target on the 50m target line are to have received instruction on a 25m range under the control of a TSNZ affiliated club.
3.6 Testing of new firearms or loads as approved in the Trentham Camp Range Standing Orders: In the event that a shooter wishes to shoot any newly obtained firearms which may not have achieved the approved cone of fire, or wishes to test a new load, they are to shoot from the 25m target line to the 50m target line. If they are able to achieve the cone of fire with three test shots they may return to the firing bays and shoot under the same conditions as all other shooters.
3.7 No Alcohol is to be consumed before or during any shooting activity.
3.8 No shooting is to proceed unless the stipulated range flags are flying and the stop-butt and frames have been inspected for damage and fixed. Any damage found is to be noted in the range incident register.
3.9 All persons, including visitors, are to sign the range register immediately upon arrival at the range.
3.10 Guests are the responsibility of the members who invite them and must comply with these rules.
3.11 All shooting must be under control of a non shooting range officer even when only two people are present.
3.12 No smoking is allowed in the shooting bays while shooting activities are in progress.
3.13 Approved ear and eye protection must be worn at all times in the range building while shooting is in progress and when within 10m of live firing when shooting is carried out from the 25m firing line.
3.13 Shooters and spectators inside any part of the range area shall avoid disturbing shooters by loud talking, undue noise or disturbance.
3.15 Firearms must not be handled without the owner’s consent. (Except when they are being cleared by the range officer).
3.16 All firearms are to be kept in a secure container except when in use. Especially when travelling to and from the range.
3.17 Firearms are to be kept unloaded except at the firing point and then only when the range officer has given the command to load.
3.18 Firearms must not be left unattended at the range unless stored in a locked vehicle.
3.19 Black powder must be in a single charge container on the firing line, except for a recognised priming flask as used in flintlock shooting. No bulk powder containers may be retained in the range building.
3.20 Firearms must be pointed down range at all times.
3.21 Shooters must not point any firearm at any part of the range building when the firearm is loaded, primed or capped.
3.22 In the event of a firearm malfunction, the firearm must be kept pointing down range and the non shooting arm raised to attract the attention of the range officer. (Pointing down range means that the firearm must be pointed in a direction such that any accidental discharge will land in the stop butt rather than the range floor, feet of the shooter, any part of the range building, the targets themselves or any area above the stop butt).
3.23 If for any reason a shooter has a shot that falls outside to approved cone of fire (600mm at 25m and 1200mm at 50m), they must cease shooting and immediately notify the range officer. The range officer will immediately instigate the following action:
Record the details in the range incident register noting the date, bay number shooters name and any explanation.
The shooter is to load and fire one shot under direct supervision of the range officer and if this falls within the cone of fire, the shooter is to be permitted to continue shooting.
If the next shot does not fall within the cone of fire, the shooter is to be provided a competent coach with the intention of bringing the spread of shot within the approved cone of fire within the next three shots.
Shooters who are unable to achieve the cone of fire within three shots are to be prevented from further firing. Shooters prevented from firing this way may resume firing following identification and rectification of a firearm or ammunition fault. If the firearm and ammunition are found to be satisfactory, then the shooter is not to commence live firing on the range until after not live firing training has taken place.
All training and remedial action is to be recorded in the range incident register.
3.24 All zeroing of firearms must be done while bench-resting or on a built up platform from the 50m firing point or the 25m target point towards the stop-butt with the targets set at the correct height as per Trentham Camp Range Standing Orders. No prone shooting unless the shooter is shooting 50m small-bore as per the Trentham Camp Range Standing Orders.
3.25 Firearms and magazines may not be handled while people are forward of the firing line.
3.26 While scoring, patching of targets, etc. is taking place, one person must remain at the firing point to supervise firearms, equipment and spectators.
3.27 Firearms must be cleared by the range officer before they are removed from the range.
3.28 Lead contamination. The shooter is to monitor the number of shots fired from each bay during the day, and to record it on the card that is placed in each bay.
3.29 All rubbish is to be removed from the range, the range rubbish bins emptied, the stop-butt raked, frames checked for damage, flags lowered and put away, and all brass etc. removed when the range is closed and before the range key is returned.