Cleburne County Shooting Club
P.O. Box 1138
Heber Springs, AR  72543
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By-Laws of the Cleburne County Shooting Club

 

BY-LAWS of the CLEBURNE COUNTY SHOOTING CLUB

ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this organization shall be the “Cleburne County Shooting Club”

ARTICLE II – OBJECTIVE
The objective of this organization shall be the encouragement of shooting sports among members and guests with a view toward a better knowledge of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship. It shall be our further object and purpose to forward the development of youth education programs and emphasize those characteristics of honesty, good sportsmanship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance, which are essentials of god sportsmanship and a foundation of true patriotism.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Any resident of the United States, who may legally own firearms or use them under the supervision of an adult, may become a member of this organization after subscribing to the following pledge and on payment of the prescribed dues. All adult club members are encouraged to join the NRA,  Arkansas State Rifle and Pistol Association. All officers must be 21 years of age or older. Junior members may be enrolled and participate in club activities under the supervision of adult members.

ARTICLE IV – DUES / FEES
NOTE: All adult and senior memberships purchased within the first 30-days of the formation of the club will be granted “Charter Membership” status. These persons will be granted a priority and the first right of purchase should the club ever sell stock in the corporation.

A.

Senior membership: $75.00 per year. Applicable to those persons 65 years of age and older. 

B.

Adult Membership: Applicable to those persons between 21 and 64 years of age. Applicants between 18 and 21 years of age have the option of purchasing an adult/voting membership.

Adult Members: $125.00 per year

C.

Business Membership:

Standard: $500.00 per year. This will allow the business to provide six memberships to representatives or employees of the business. This list must be provided to the Secretary and can b e changed every six months. These persons will not be voting members of the club. 

Executive: $1000.00 per year. This will allow the business to provide up to twelve memberships to representatives or employees of the business. This list must be provided to the Secretary and can be changed every six months. These persons will not be voting members of the club. 

D.

Law Enforcement Membership: $75.00 per year. Applicant must be a full time, paid member of a recognized law enforcement agency.

E.

Junior Membership: $50.00 per year. Applicable to those persons who have not attained their 21st birthday. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian’s written consent to become a member. Applicants between the age of 18 and 21 years of age have the option of purchasing an adult membership and have voting privileges.

F.

Guests: Any person not a member of the Cleburne County Shooting Club. Guests must be accompanied by a club member and will pay a daily range fee of $5.00. NOTE: This range fee is not applicable to immediate family members of club members. Immediate family members are: parents, grandparents, spouse, children, grandchildren and siblings.

(NOTE) No member of the club in arrears for a period of 45 days shall be eligible to vote or to enjoy the privileges offered by this club. Persons in arrears will be notified by the Secretary when they are 30 days past due. Following the 45-day grace period, there will be a $25.00 reinstatement fee plus the normal dues.

ARTICLE V – MEETINGS

A.

Annual membership meetings shall take place on the first Monday of August in each year. Election of officers will be conducted at this meeting.

B.

Regular Meetings: The regular business meeting of the club for the transaction of ordinary business shall be held on the first Monday of of the second  month of each quarter (Feb/May/Aug/Nov). Meeting place as may be fixed by the Executive Committee. Normally meetings are held at the Club House on Range.

C.

Special Meetings: A special meeting of the club may be held at any time upon the call of the President or the Executive Committee, or upon demand in writing, stating the objective of the proposed meeting, and signed by not less than 20% of the members entitled to vote. Notice of the time, place and objective of any special meeting shall be given to all members in good standing in writing by the US mail not less than seven days prior to the date of the special meeting. The place for the special meeting shall be fixed by the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS

A.

The officers of this club shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Chief Range Officer, Pistol Director, Rifle Director, Shotgun Director, Woman’s Director and Youth Activities Director, who, acting together, shall constitute the Executive Committee. They shall be elected by a majority vote of the members in good standing at the annual meeting of the club. All officers must be  21 years of age or older. They shall hold office for one year.

B.

Four members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.

C.

The Executive Committee shall have general supervision and control of all activities of the club and may make agreements with other organizations and individuals to carry out the objectives of the club.

D.

Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held regularly at such time and place as the committee may determine.

ARTICLE VII – DUTIES OF OFFICERS

A.

President: The President shall preside at all meetings of the club and of the Executive Committee. He shall be a member ex officio of all regular and special committees and shall perform all such other duties as usually pertain to his office.

B.

Vice President: The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in his/her absence or at his/her request.

C.

Secretary-Treasurer: The Secretary shall conduct all official correspondence pertaining to the proper preparation and forwarding of all reports required of the club by the National Rifle Association, the State Rifle and Pistol Association and the Secretary of the State of Arkansas. He/she shall notify the members of the Executive Committee of all meetings and shall notify the members of the special and annual meetings as required in Article V. He shall keep a true record of all meetings of the Executive Committee and of the club and have the custody of the books and records of the club. All applications for membership in the club shall be made to the Secretary. He/she shall be responsible for reaffiliating the club annually with the National Rifle Association and the State Rifle and Pistol Association and shall have charge of all funds of the club and place them in such bank or banks as may be approved by the Executive Committee. Such money shall only be withdrawn by check and for the payment of such bills as shall have been approved by the Executive Committee. The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep accurate account of all 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 its annual meeting. There will be a “two signature rule” in place for all financial transactions. The authorized signatures will be the Treasurer and either the President or the Vice President.

D.

The Chief Range Officer shall be the overall coordinator of the shooting disciplines and will work with the discipline directors to be the interface between those disciplines and the general membership. He/she shall be responsible for the coordination of the general schedule when a competitive event will require closing down all other elements of the ranges and will conduct the notification of such actions to the general membership. Such specific schedules will be established on a quarterly basis and will be published to the general membership.

E.

The Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Women’s and Youth Activities Directors shall be the mangers of their particular disciplines and be the spokesperson for that discipline in meetings with the Chief Range Officer or the Executive Committee. They will be responsible for the formation of work groups during the building and maintenance of the ranges and the coordination of the total effort to include personnel and equipment.

ARTICLE VIII – SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION

A.

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. No vote on suspension or expulsion may be taken unless at least 15 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 the charges will be accorded a full hearing.

B.

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 from office may be taken unless at least 15 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 meeting, the officer shall be given 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 15 days notice of the meeting to each member of the Executive Committee, to the accuser and the accused, which 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 15 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 to 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.

The National Rifle Association and the State Rifle and Pistol Association shall be provided a complete report whenever a member of this club is suspended or expelled, showing the charges and action taken.

ARTICLE IX – RANGE PROCEDURES AND RULES

Range procedures and rules are shown in Annex A to these bylaws.

ARTICLE X – AMENDMENTS
Any proposed amendments to these bylaws may be introduced by any member of the club at any regular or special meeting called for the purpose. Such proposed amendments must be submitted to the National Rifle Association for approval. After they have been approve by the NRA, they must be acted upon by the club membership at a regular or special meeting called for the purpose, provided a copy of the approved amendments has been sent to each member by the US mail at least 10 days previous to the meeting. A two-thirds vote of the members in good standing present will be necessary to pass or reject it. Certified and adopted on 8-5-02

ANNEX A GENERAL SAFETY REGULATIONS
  1. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed on Cleburne County Shooting Club property at any time. Any individual (member or guest) determined to be intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be denied the use of the range. If a member, the individual will be placed on probation, and if a second offense occurs, will be brought before the Executive Committee for a suspension hearing.

  2. Members and guests will sign in upon entering the range area and sign out upon leaving the range area. Note date and time in and out on sign in/out form. In the absence of a formal range officer, the member will be responsible for collecting the $5.00 range fee from the guest(s) and submitting to the Treasurer. A guest is any person not a member of the Cleburne County Shooting Club and not an immediate family member of the club member as defined in the bylaws.

  3. Hearing and eye protection will be worn at all times during firing.

  4. There will be no smoking while on the firing line or forward of the firing line.

  5. Range hours are 8:00 am until ˝ hour before sunset Monday through Saturday. Range hours on Sunday are 10:30 am until ˝ hour before sunset.

  6. Targets will be paper, glued, taped or stapled on cardboard backers. Target holders will be wooden, placed in target sockets at the various distances. Any metal targets will only be used on the east portion of the short range.

  7.  Metal (unless as a part of a scheduled action shooting, falling plates, metallic silhouette), glass plastic containers, or target holders will not be used as targets.

  8. With the exception of the Law Enforcement personnel and Co9ncealsed Carry Holders, all firearms will be unloaded and cased when entering or leaving the range. If the duty or carry firearm is to be fired on the range, it will be unloaded and placed on the bench upon arrival at the firing line. It will not be placed back into duty or carry status until departure from the range. If not to be fired, it will remain in the holster at all times while on the range.

  9. Automatic weapons are not allowed on the range, unless in the possession of a Law Enforcement Officer or club member with the appropriate license to possess class 3 weapons. They will have on their person proper identification or license to possess class 3 weapons. Automatic weapons will only be fired on the rifle range.

  10. Firearms will not be handled when people are down range. Weapons will be made safe by removing magazines, slides locked back, actions open, load gate open and safety on if so equipped. A safety block will be used for weapons not equipped with bolt lock.

  11. Immediately after completion of firing all brass will be picked up and placed in the appropriate container if not to be retained by the shooter. All brass in the containers is the property of the club.

  12. Targets cardboard backer and holder will be placed back in the storage building upon completion of firing and when not in use.

  13. Glass containers are not allowed on the range.

  14. Junior members must be accompanied by an adult member at all times.

  15. A club officer or adult club member will serve as range officer. See appendix A for duties of range officer.

  16. There will be no shooting at any wildlife at any time.

PISTOL RANGE
  1. No rifles will be fired on the pistol range.

  2. Target holders will be placed in pre-set sockets.

  3. Paper targets glued, taped or stapled on cardboard backers will be used. Pushpins, tacks or nails will not be used to secure target to backer. Metallic silhouette targets will be placed on appropriate bases or affixed to a “spinner” mechanism.

  4. Handguns using high power rifle calibers will not be fired on the pistol range. They will be fired on the rifle range.

  5. Immediately after completion of firing all brass will be picked up. If not retained by the shooter, the brass will be placed in the designated containers. All brass in the containers is the property of the club. Targets and holder will be stored in appropriate containers.

  6. Firing at target holders is prohibited and will be reported to the Executive Committee for disciplinary action.

  7. Firearms will not be handled while people are down range. Firearms will be unloaded and made safe by removing magazines, opening action or opening loading gate. A safety block will be used in all firearms without a slice lock or hold open device.

  8. Tracer ammunition will not be fired on this range.

RIFLE RANGE
  1. Target holders will be placed in pre-set sockets only.

  2. Only paper targets glued, taped or stapled on cardboard backers will be used. Pushpins, tacks or nails will not be used to secure target to backer. Metallic silhouette targets will be placed on appropriate bases or affixed to a “spinner” mechanism.

  3. No sitting, standing or lying on rifle rest tables.

  4. Rifles will be made safe by unloading and removing magazine, bold will be locked to the rear and the safety will be applied. Firearms without a bolt lock or hold open device will use a safety block to hold the bolt to the rear.

  5. Armor piercing, tracer and incendiary ammunition will not be fired on this range.

SHOTGUN RANGE
  1. Rifles and handguns are prohibited on this range.

  2. Standard and environmentally safe clay targets will be used on this range.

  3. Hand operated traps will be restricted to designated areas.

  4. Shooting will not begin until all shooters are at their proper station.

  5. Shotgun will not be loaded until you are on station and/or prior shooter has fired.

  6. Do not move from station to another with a loaded shotgun.

  7. In trap, always walk behind the shooters with the muzzle in a safe direction when moving from the last station to the number one station.

  8. Do not aim at another shooter’s target.

  9. Do not distract other shooters.

  10. Remain at your station until all shooters are finished and the command to move has been given.

  11. In the event of a misfire or hang fire, keep your shotgun pointed over the range and clear immediately if possible. If the misfire or hang fire cannot be cleared immediately, the shooter will move to the rear (under the supervision of the range officer) and using the proper safety procedures will clear the firearm. Only wooden rods will be used to clear separated brass from the shotgun.

  12. Keep you action open or bolt locked to rear until you are on station.

  13. Shotguns with Damascus or laminated barrels will not be used on the shotgun range unless competing in a black powder event.

  14. Personnel will not operate trap or skeet equipment unless certified to do so by the Shotgun Director.

APPENDIX A – RANGE OFFICER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  1. Responsible for range safety. Ensures members abide by all range regulations.

  2. Shall designate an assistant range officer to run / operate other ranges as needed.

  3. Shall coordinate and monitor all movement forward of the rifle and pistol firing lines. This will be communicated to the personnel on the shotgun ranges to ensure a safe environment is maintained at all times.

  4. Shall immediately stop all flagrant violations of range regulation. These will be reported to the Executive Committee for appropriate action if continued.

  5. Shall take immediate action to correct minor violations of range regulations.

  6. Ensure sign is posted at entrance notifying members that firing is in progress and range flag is flying over active ranges.

  7. Shall supervise range to ensure safe and efficient operation.

  8. Shall be responsible for a general policing of equipment and brass at the completion of the shooting day.

  9. Shall remove the daily sign in/out sheet and forward with any fees to the Treasurer.

AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS

The following amendments to the original bylaws were approved by the membership during the meeting of August 5th 2002, and should be added to your copy of the bylaws.

Amendment # 1. One-Year Special Membership for Ages 21-30

A special membership package will be offered to all applicants between the ages of 21-30. Their membership dues will be $50.00 for the first year if they are an NRA member. The dues will be $75.00 if they are not an NRA member. Following the first year of membership, their dues will increase to $100.00 per year and they will be expected to maintain NRA membership. This amendment will be effective until August 2003.

Amendment # 2. Voting Privileges for Law Enforcement Members

All law enforcement members who are members of the NRA or who join the NRA will have full voting privileges. Law enforcement members who do not join the NRA will continue to be non-voting members. This is a permanent revision to the original bylaws.

Amendment # 3. Membership Limitations

Following the receipt of the 200th paid member, all subsequent membership applications must be signed by a current paid up voting member as the applicant’s sponsor. Any application received following the 200th member without a sponsor’s signature will be referred to the Board of Directors for a decision to approve or reject the application. This is a permanent revision to the original bylaws.

These amendments forwarded to the membership on August 15, 2002.

Kenneth R. Buster
Secretary

BYLAW AMENDMENT

The following amendment to the bylaws was approved by the membership at a meeting on December 2, 2002.

ARTICLE IV: Will now read:
A quorum will consist of more than 50% of the Executive Committee.

Van Redman
Secretary


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