The following Rules have been established in order to protect the Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. (“the Club” or “CRPC”) and its members. Our Rules are designed to enhance, not inhibit, a member’s enjoyment of the Club’s facilities and programs. However, they must also protect the Club as a whole. Each member of the Club is responsible to themselves, to every person using the facilities, and to our Club’s neighbors for the safe enjoyment of the shooting sports. Range safety is our primary goal.
All members are required to be safe, to ensure their guests are safe, to use common sense, and to be courteous at all times.
1.2 Mission Statement
The purpose of this Corporation shall be the encouragement of organized archery, rifle, pistol, and shotgun shooting among residents of the United States with a view toward a better knowledge on the part of such residents of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as the promotion of good marksmanship. It shall be a further purpose to promote and foster the development of relationships among the members of the Corporation and to develop characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play among the members of the Corporation. (see CRPC By-Laws October 2, 2018).
The Rules These Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. Official Rules.
The Board The CRPC Board of Directors.
Members Unless otherwise stated, collectively refers to all CRPC member classes.
Primary Member A Primary Member is a member who is billed for dues (if any) and has voting privileges. Primary Members include Conditional Members, General Members, Senior Members, and Life Members.
Secondary Member A Secondary Member is a member of a Primary Member’s family who is eligible for dues-free membership by virtue of their relationship to the Primary Member. Secondary Members include Spouse Members, Junior Members, and Family Members.
Primary Conditional Member A Primary Conditional Member is a member who has limited membership privileges.
Primary General Member A Primary General Member is a member who has full membership privileges.
Primary Senior Member A Primary Senior Member is a member who has full membership privileges, has attained the age of 65, and has been a member for at least 5 years. Primary Senior Members enjoy reduced annual dues.
Primary Life Member A Primary Life Member is a member who has full membership privileges and whose extraordinary service to the Club has been formally recognized by the Board. Life Members are exempted from dues.
Secondary Spouse Member A Secondary Spouse Member is the spouse of a Primary Member.
Secondary Junior Member A Secondary Junior Member is the child or grandchild of a Primary member who is aged 14-17 and lives in the same household as the Primary Member. Secondary Junior Members must be supervised when shooting at CRPC.
Secondary Family Member A Secondary Family Member is the child of a Primary Member who is aged 18-23 and lives in the same household as the Primary Member.
Hot The condition of a range or firing line which is active. Handling of firearms and/or shooting may take place on a hot range.
Cold The condition of a range or firing line which is not active. Shooting is prohibited, firearms must be in a safe condition and the handling of firearms is not allowed.
- Exception: Carrying an unloaded and cased firearm to or from the firing line is permitted.
- Exception: Firearms may be worn on slings at the ASF when that range has been called cold, provided they have been rendered safe.
Outdoor Range Refers to the firearms ranges of the outdoor property, exclusive of the Shotgun Range.
Action Shooting Facility (ASF) Refers to the three-sided shooting bays west of the Rifle Range where action shooting is authorized for appropriately-qualified members.
Shotgun Range Refers to the Trap, Skeet, 5-Stand, and Long Bird facility of the outdoor property.
Archery Range Refers to the bow and arrow facility and courses of the outdoor property.
Indoor Range Refers to the indoor shooting facility.
Rifle A firearm with a rifled barrel of any length that is fired while using a body part (e.g., shoulder, forearm, hip, chest) as a stabilizer. This definition includes, but is not limited to:
- AR-pattern pistols utilizing a stabilizer
- Shotguns with rifled barrels firing slugs or sabot rounds
Handgun or Pistol A firearm designed to be fired using only the hands and not normally stabilized against another body part.
Shotgun A smoothbore firearm that fires shotshells.
Long Guns Refers to rifles and shotguns collectively
Backstop The earthen berm at the rear of an outdoor range which serves as a boundary and bullet stop, or the structure at the rear of the Indoor Range which serves as a bullet stop.
Side Berm A berm defining the left or right side of an ASF bay.
Firing Line The line from which shooting takes place on ranges with backstops. The firing line is parallel to the backstop and perpendicular to the axis of the range, so that no shooter is ever in front of or behind other shooters. The firing line may move uprange or downrange with the shooter during action shooting, but always remains parallel to the backstop.
Action Shooting The practice of shooting from a dynamic, or moving, position.
180-Degree Plane An imaginary plane extending upward from the firing line during action shooting. The plane defines the limits of muzzle travel in a 180-degree arc on the downrange side of the plane.
Match Director Refers to the person in charge of a Board-approved event. A Match Director may serve as an RSO for their event only if they are a CRPC-certified RSO.
Open Bolt Indicator (OBI) Refers to a device inserted into the firearm action to indicate to RSOs and other shooters that the firearm is unloaded with its action open and is in a safe condition (defined below).
Safe Refers to the condition of a firearm that has been rendered incapable of firing. A safe firearm is defined as:
- A firearm in a holster (handgun) or scabbard (long gun) that covers the trigger
- An unloaded firearm in an open or closed range box or range bag
- An unloaded firearm in a closed carrying case of such construction that the trigger is fully protected. A sock is not considered adequate for this purpose.
- An unloaded firearm with its action open, magazine (if applicable) removed, and an open bolt indicator (OBI) in place.
- Exception: OBIs are not required at the Shotgun Range.
- A firearm that has been rendered incapable of firing by the installation of a trigger lock, locking cable, zip tie, or similar disabling device. Internal locks do not meet this requirement.
- A firearm that has been rendered incapable of firing by obvious partial disassembly. Examples include an AR-pattern rifle broken open at the hinge, a firearm with upper and lower receivers separated, and a single-action revolver with cylinder removed.
Loaded Refers to any firearm that does not meet the definition(s) of safe.
1.4 Rules Distribution, Ownership, and Revisions
The most current, approved version of the Rules is available on the CRPC website and is considered the version in effect for the Club.
From time to time the Board may require that each member sign and return a form stating that he or she has read, understands, and agrees to abide by these Rules. Failure to respond in a timely manner will result in the suspension of Club privileges.
The Board is the official owner and steward of the CRPC Rules. This responsibility may be delegated to a person or committee for the purpose of revising and updating the Rules.
Club bylaws state that only the Board may amend or change the Rules.
The Rules in this document supersede all previous Club rules. These constitute the entire Rules for the CRPC. These Rules have been ratified by the Board and are effective immediately.