FREEPORT, NY REVOLVER AND RIFLE ASSOCIATION INC.
Est. January 25th, 1933
(516) 623-5510 PO Box 404
Fax (516) 623-3403 Freeport, NY 11520
Bylaws and Rules of the Association (rev 2/13/17)
The sole purpose of this association is to promote firearms safety, firearms instruction and the social and recreational gains for all members.
Article I: General Guide Lines
1. The name of this association shall be The Freeport, NY Revolver and Rifle Association,
Incorporated, and is setup as a Domestic Not-for-Profit Corporation in the State of New York.
2. Please see Article VII for definitions.
3. The only names that associate members shall be allowed to use in representing this organization are:
a. The Freeport, NY Revolver and Rifle Association, Incorporated (a.k.a. Freeport R&R Association, the ‘Big’ Club, FR&RA, and ‘FRRA’).
b. The Freeport, NY Rifle and Revolver Competition Club (a.k.a. the ‘Little’ Club). Advertising permissible, with approval from the ‘FRRA.’.
c. The Freeport, NY Revolver and Rifle Association, Junior Division (a.k.a. the Freeport Junior Club, the Junior’ Club, or the ‘Junior’ Program).
4. As stated above, “The sole purpose of this association is to promote firearms safety, firearms instruction and the social and recreational gains for all members.” There shall be absolutely no commercial profiteering on the Associations’ property or within a 300 foot radius, from the front entrance gate, in the parking. The sale, or advertisement for sale, of any items between members shall be non-profit and non-commercial in nature.
5. The right to hold office in this association shall be limited to the active and/or retired members of the Freeport Police Benevolent Association, Incorporated.
a. The President of this association shall be in charge of all association activities, being elected to said position at the bi-annual PBA election of officers meeting.
b. The Secretary-Treasurer of this association, being elected to said position at the bi-annual election of officers (PBA) meeting, shall be in charge of all association activities in the absence of the President.
c. The Range Coordinator of this association, who may or not be elected, to said position, at the biannual election of officers (PBA) meeting, shall be in charge of coordinating functions between the PBA and the FRRA.
d. The Officers of this association shall hold an annual associate membership meeting during the month of October. Meeting notices shall be sent to each member, via standard means. The President shall call special meetings at anytime, giving 48 hours notice.
6. Association members (associate members) shall be any reputable citizens of the United States, at least the age of consent, who shall have been granted such membership after a complete background search made by the Secretary-Treasurer. The applicant then must successfully complete the association's mandated rules and safety course, which shall be conducted by Head Range Safety Officer, or their designate, so designated by the Officers of this association.
7. This is an NRA affiliated club and all association members shall be a member of the NRA.
8. Applications for membership shall be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer along with an initiation fee and current annual dues. See current Fee Schedule Addendum A.
a. Annual dues shall be based on the increase in operational costs of association facilities and to keep pace with current prices. See current Fee Schedule Addendum A.
9. All dues for the upcoming year shall be due on, or before, December 15th of the current year.
a. A surcharge shall be imposed for an invalid check, due to bank processing expenses. See current Fee Schedule Addendum A.
10. All members must scan into and out of main entrance to range and indoor range building.
11. Members not paid in full (dues) by January 1st, will not be permitted to enter facility. Members not paid in full by January 31st, shall pay a late fee. Members not paid in full by February 28th, shall pay a greater late fee, while members not paid in full by March 1st, shall be dropped from the membership of this association and, where applicable, the respective county pistol licensing bureau notified of same. See current Fee Schedule Addendum A.
12. Members in default of dues payment shall be banned from privileges of this association, and their keys to the Range facility shall be returned to the Secretary-Treasurer. Those persons failing to return any association property (eg. Identification cards, etc.) Shall be liable to any violation of the Penal Law of the State of New York, which may be applied. This action shall be instituted by the officers of the association.
13. Past due members wishing to be reinstated to current membership must apply as a new member, paying full costs (initiation fee plus dues), losing all seniority. Any situation applying to this section shall be reviewed, with discretion, by the officers and Range Officers of this association.
14. Members shall notify the Secretary-Treasurer, as soon as possible by means of a written notification, of any change of address or personal information needed to maintain current membership.
15. Persons wishing to join The ‘Little’ Club, must first be a bona fide member of The Freeport, NY Revolver and Rifle Association, Inc.
16. It is mandatory that all members, visitors, and guests sign the Range Log Book upon entering the Range property for any reason. Junior members are required to sign the Range Log Book when entering the range with their member parent. The Junior member must sign beneath their parent and place ‘Jr’ in the member number column. When a Junior member comes to the Range during the Junior Program time period, they shall sign the Junior Program Log Book. These rules shall be strictly adhered to, and not logging in can cause a suspension or termination of the member’s membership, adult or junior.
17. It is mandatory that ROs sign the Range RO Log Book upon entering the Range property. Failure to login may cause suspension or termination of the RO’s privileges and/or position.
18. All members and member guests/visitors shall conduct themselves in a safe and prudent manner at all times while on the Range property. Members shall be held responsible for their guests/visitor's behavior.
19. Any member may be suspended and/or expelled for violation of Bylaw and Rules or any other cause deemed sufficient by a majority vote of the association's Executive Committee, with no refund of the current year’s dues. See Article VI.
20. Any member found damaging Range property shall be held financially responsible for said damage. See Article VI: Penalties.
21. Every member shall report, immediately by phone, to the Freeport Police Department Headquarters, any personal injury, damage to the Range property, and/or violation of association Bylaw and Rules.
22. All members shall wear proper association identification on outermost garment while on Range property. Freeport Police officers, not in uniform, should wear, in view, ID card, badge or FPD/PBA out garment.
23. Members shall not lend their association identification or Range property to non-members. Those in violation of this section may be suspended or terminated, as per Article VI.
a. Exception: This does not apply to a licensed shooter or shooters, either independent or associated as bona fide members of a regularly formed club and are participating in a prearranged scheduled shooting match, with a team or teams made up of members of this association, licensed permit holders, or law enforcement.
b. When a member is present at the range, a member's guest/visitor may use association facilities (e.g. television, pool table, radio, etc.) with safe regard to its well-being.
24. All members shall be responsible for Range notices (e.g. dues notices, shooting events, duty Range officer for qualification and/or instruction). Said notices shall be posted on the Range bulletin boards or event calendar. These notices shall be posted in ample time for each event.
25. The ‘Little’ Club President, or their designate, shall be responsible to notify, in writing, on the Club’s Event Calendar, of any and all shooting events conducted by said club. Such notice shall be made at least 60 days prior to each event, so that all members can be notified as to range status.
26. The ‘Junior’ Club Coach, or their designate, shall be responsible to notify, in writing, on the Club’s Event Calendar, of any and all shooting events conducted by said club. Such notice shall be made at least 60 days prior to each event, so that all members can be notified as to range status.
27. Range facilities may be closed at anytime, without notice, as deemed necessary, by the officers of this association, for PBA activities.
28. It is mandatory that when an adult member, in good standing, brings their junior club member, in good standing, to the range, during hours that are not under or controlled by the ‘Junior’ Club, that they WATCH, for safety issues, while their youngster in shooting, and that the youngster watches, while the adult member is shooting. Simply put, WHEN THE JUNIOR IS SHOOTING, THE ADULT IS NOT. AND WHEN THE ADULT IS SHOOTING, THE JUNIOR IS NOT. During these times, the Juniors shall log into the adult log book, after their parent/guardian, and place ‘JR’ in the member number column. The breaking of this rule may cause the suspension or termination of either, or both, the adult and junior member.
Article II: Range House
1. No member shall handle any firearm or weapon in the clubhouse area. Unloaded firearms only shall be handled in the Gun Ready room. A loaded firearm shall only be handled on the firing line - indoor or outdoor.
2. All members, while using clubhouse furniture, shall make every effort to keep weapons and holsters, equipment boxes, etc. from damaging same.
3. The wooden cover, made for the top of the pool table, shall be placed upon said pool table before any item for display may be shown. All members shall thoroughly clean up association property upon completion of their activity.
4. Members shall secure all lights, with the exception of the light above the Range Login Book, when exiting the range, when applicable.
5. Members shall secure the range house and the front gate, of the property, when entering and exiting the range, when applicable.
6. There shall be a surcharge imposed upon any member who loses their association key. See current Fee Schedule Addendum.
7. There will be no storing of firearms or ammunition in lockers.
Article III: Indoor Range
1. All weapons shall be pointed down range at all times.
2. Members shall only shoot from the same firing line - 50 feet only. Firearms shall be fired from shoulder height only. No person or persons shall shoot from forward of the 50 foot firing line.
3. There will be no cross range shooting.
4. Before the safety light is activated, all weapons shall be made safe and benched, magazines out, chambers empty, cylinders open/slides back, and pistol ejection ports facing up. No person or persons shall handle weapons, magazines, or ammunition when person(s) are down range, or when the safety light is on.
a. Exception: NRA Match Rules
5. Rifle shooting shall be limited only to .22 Short, Long or Long Rifle caliber rim fire only.
6. Positively no black powder, magnum rounds or handguns of rifle calibers shall be fired on the indoor range.
7. No fast/quick draw shooting.
8. Only proper targets shall be used, unless under Range Officer guidance.
9. Targets and target backers are to be placed in target holders only, unless under Range Officer guidance.
10. Rate of fire shall be kept reasonable, as to not disturb or interfere with other shooters.
11. Members shall limit themselves to firing only 30 consecutive minutes on the indoor range, when there are more than six members present to use the indoor range.
a. Members have priority over guests/visitors.
12. Turn main indoor range exhaust fan on at all times during shooting activities therein. Keep indoors range door and gun ready room door closed at all times.
13. All members will clean up their brass and targets, and close all lights upon leaving. Shooting from standing, kneeling or sitting positions only, unless under Range Safety Officer supervision.
14. Shooting from standing, kneeling or sitting positions only, unless under Range Safety Officer supervision.
Article IV: Outdoor Range
1. All firearms shall be pointed down range at all times.
2. All members shall discharge firearms or stand at the same firing line. No person or persons shall shoot from forward of said firing line.
3. There will be no cross range shooting.
4. No person or persons shall handle firearms, magazines, or ammunition when person(s) are down range, or when the safety light is on.
a. Exception: NRA match rules.
5. No shooting at glass or other fragmenting objects on range property.
6. Use of tracer or armor piercing ammunition prohibited.
7. All targets shall be disposed of after use. Do not leave any part of target, target backing, etc. on the range.
8. No fireworks allowed on property.
9. All shooting past 25 yards will be done in the sand pit area.
10. All firing at metal target area shall be restricted to paper targets only. Only one target backer shall be used per target position.
11. No magnum ammunition shall be fired in the metal target area. Use the sand-pit area only for these type projectiles. Any variation of this rule must be cleared by duty Range Officer.
12. There will be absolutely no intentional firing at any range support, infrastructure or superstructure.
13.No firing outdoors before 8:30 am or after sunset, unless authorized by the Freeport R&R.
14. Rate of fire shall be kept reasonable, as to not disturb or interfere with other shooters or the neighborhood in general.
15. All shooting on the Range property shall be done using the metal target holders, or other similar type, safe, devices.
16. Bow and arrow shooting shall be allowed and conducted in the sand-pit area only, no further than 25 yards without Range Safety Officer permission.
17. All members will clean up their brass and targets, and close all lights upon leaving.
18. Reactive or properly angled steel plates specifically designed for bullet impact and for specific calibers may be placed in the sand pit area and shot from the 25 yard line. Exceptions must be under the guidance of a Range safety Officer. *Reactive steel targets are described as steel targets that move when hit and direct the projectile into the ground or berm. Properly angled steel targets direct the projectile into the ground.
19. The 25-yard line is the priority yard line. This means that if shooters can not agree upon a shooting distance, the 25 yard line is the default.
Article V: Amendments
1. The Freeport PBA will amend all Bylaws of the Revolver and Rifle Association using Robert's Rules of Order.
2. Any Associate member wishing to change the Bylaws shall indicate that in writing with seven (7) member signatures of The Revolver and Rifle Club. This shall be given to the Executive Committee for research.
Article VI: Penalties
1. A Freeport PBA Board member, R&R Executive Board member and/or an R&R Range Safety Officer can suspend an Associate Member for cause, pending a ruling by an R&R Executive Committee.
2. Any member found in violation of the Bylaws and Rules of this association may be summoned before a quorum of the Executive Committee of the Freeport, NY Revolver and Rifle Association, Inc. for a hearing on said violation.
3. Members found guilty of any violation by the Executive Committee shall be subjected to any appropriate action, as deemed necessary by the Executive Committee. These actions may include, but not limited to, suspension or termination of membership with forfeiture of dues, monetary costs for damages or repairs, and/or civil/criminal charges.
4. A suspension must be ruled upon by the R&R Executive Board within 60 days of notifying the member he is suspended.
Article VII: Definitions
Member: A person who has paid their dues and is in good standing with the Association.
Junior Member: A juvenile who is a blood relative of a member in the association and is under supervision. On a space availability basis, juveniles who are not blood relatives are permitted membership.
Police Officer: Members of the Freeport PBA.
Executive Committee: The Executive Committee shall consist of the Freeport R&R Association President and Secretary-Treasure, or their designate, the Freeport R&R Association Head Range Safety Officer, or their designate, the Freeport PBA President and Secretary, or their designate, the ‘Little’ Club President, or their designate, and the ‘Junior’ Club Coach, or their designate, the Chief Range Officer, or their designee. The Executive Committee requires a quorum of five (5) members, and a meeting can only be called for by the Freeport R&R Association President or Secretary, or the Freeport PBA President or Secretary, or any of their designates.
Head Range Safety Officer: (HRSO) A member who has been selected by the Freeport R&R Association President and Secretary-Treasurer, or their designate, who is responsible for setting the overall range safety rules, regulations, guidelines, and administering the Range’s mandatory Rules and Safety Courses. Additionally, the HRSO shall administer all Executive Committee selected Range Officers, and shall, from time to time, at their discretion, call meetings.
Range Officer: (RO) A member who has been selected by the Executive Committee, after due instruction and qualification, to enforce the Bylaws and Safety rules of the organization. ROs shall be granted free dues until such time when their services are terminated. In turn, they shall be required to assist any member in fire-arms related activities without monetary charge to such member. The Executive Committee shall select, after due instruction and qualification, a Chief Range Officer (CRO), who shall administer to the other selected ROs. The CRO shall report directly to the HRSO.
Visitor: All non-shooting individuals on Range property, who enter the Range with a member, in good standing. Visitors may use any of the range facilities, except the shooting areas. Visitors are not to be on, or near, the shooting points. They are not permitted beyond the Ready Room of the indoor range, or beyond the first overhang of the outdoor range.
Guest: An individual who is a potential member of the association, entering the Range with or without a member. At a Range Officer’s discretion, that individual may be permitted to shoot once, in a non-match environment, without becoming a member, if there are no active, public competitions occurring at the Range Facility. It is the responsibility of the RO to ensure the safety of the other members, while the Guest is trying out the facilities. It is mandatory that the RO verify the Guest’s Pistol License, if a pistol is to be handled, loaded and/or fired, or the Guest’s Driver’s License, if a rifle is to be handled, loaded and/or fired. It is the responsibility of the RO to explain and review, with the Guest, Basic Gun Safety and the Range’s basic rules.
Public Match: Any duly authorized match, such as, but not limited to, Bullseye, IPSC, IDPA, etc. which is open to anyone in the shooting community. Public matches permit non-members to participate and shoot.
‘Little’ Club: The ‘Little’ Club is responsible for all adult competition activities, and such functions that fall within this purview. The ‘Little’ Club’s responsibility includes, but not limited to, all adult competitive activities, and all said competitions shall be through, coordinated, and controlled by, this group. Monetary & non-monetary donations to the ‘Little’ Club are permitted.
‘Junior’ Club: The ‘Junior’ Club is responsible for all youth activities and shooting education, plus such functions that fall within this purview. The ‘Junior’ Club’s responsibility includes, but not limited to, all junior competitive activities and education, and all said competitions and education shall be through, coordinated, and controlled by, this group. Monetary & non-monetary donations to the ‘Junior’ Club are permitted.
Mandatory Rules and Safety Course: For new members, a mandatory review of the Association’s Bylaws, Rules, and Safety issues, given at least once per month, by the HRSO, or their designate. Current members are encouraged to sit-in on these courses, at anytime, to review. Current members wishing to attend must contact the HRSO.
Sand-Pit Area: The sand-pit area is describes as the extreme right side of the outdoor range, where there are no turning targeting devices.
Metal Target Area: The Metal Target Area is described as the area to the left of the sand-pit area, on the outdoor range, where the turning targeting system is installed. Not to be confused with the sand pit area where steel targets are allowed.
ADDENDUM A: Fee Schedule
Fee Schedule shall be periodically amended. This addendum supersedes all prior schedules. [October 2009]
- Initiation fee, new members $200.00
- Annual dues, applies to pistol and ‘rifle only’ membership $175.00
- New Member joining after July 1st to September 30th is $90+ Initiation fee.
- New Member joining October 1st to December 31st is $175 to include all of the following year + Initiation fee.
- Dues late fee after January 31st, applied to all membership types $25.00
- Dues late fee after February 28th, applied to all membership types $50.00
- ‘Little’ Club dues and additional rules Established by said group.
- ‘Junior’ Club dues and additional rules Established by said group.
- Invalid check processing fee $50.00
- Lost ID card replacement fee $30.00
STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING CONCERNING THE AFOREMENTIONED FREEPORT, NY RIFLE AND REVOLVER ASSOCIATION’S FIRING RANGE SAFETY RULES AND BYLAWS; TO BE EXECUTED BY ANY PERSON USING THE FREEPORT RANGE FACILITIES:
1. I have received, read, and understood the aforementioned firing range safety rules of the Freeport, NY Rifle & Revolver Club.
2. I have received, read, and understood the aforementioned bylaws of the Freeport, NY Rifle & Revolver Club.
3. I will comply with the aforementioned firing range safety rules and bylaws of the Freeport, NY Rifle & Revolver Club.
4. I accept the consequences of any act or omission on my part that violates the aforementioned firing range safety rules or bylaws of the Freeport, NY Rifle & Revolver Club.
SIGNATURE: ______________________ DATE: ____/____/______
PRINT YOUR NAME: ________________________/_____________
Last Name First Name ID #
NOTE TO ADMINISTRATORS:
This page, after being signed by the new member, will be filed alphabetically and kept permanently by the Association.
On 4 June 2014, the Freeport Revolver and Rifle Association Executive Committee met and voted in favor of adopting these Bylaws and Rules of this association, effective immediately.