By now, all Eau Claire Rod and Gun members have received a mailer with a notification of the closure of the rifle and pistol range.
The decision by the Board of Directors was in response to an incident that happened on the afternoon of Friday, April 20th. The Board has decided that the range will remain closed until a proper Range Safety program can be put in place. The Board has just started working on this and has many details to work out.
In general, the Board has decided that the range will not be open unless under direct supervision of Certified Range Safety Officers. While the Board recognizes that this will greatly reduce the amount of time that the range is open for members to use, it is the only way to ensure the safety of our members, neighbors and the Club in general. Again, there are many more details to work out.
Due to the increased number of incidents and complaints in the recent years, a plan like this has been in the process. The April 20th incident has just accelerated the plans.
The Board has also decided, that if any member wishes to cancel their membership to the Club due to closure and forthcoming procedural changes, they can come to the club house during shooting hours, turn in their membership card and we will send check refunding their dues. Please keep in mind that any trapshooting league shooters are still required to have a membership to participate in the leagues and that when the rifle and pistol range does reopen, only members will be allowed to shoot.
If there are members out there that are Certified Range Safety Officers that would like to volunteer for the Club, please let us know. (firstname.lastname@example.org) The more RSO’s we can get, the more the rifle and pistol range will be open.
Please keep checking back for more information as the Board and other volunteers begin to get the final plans in place for the future operation of the rifle and pistol ranges.