Policies

Access Policy

Since the Shooting Sports Education Center is located on university property, it is unlawful for anyone to bring a firearm or a bow into the facility without prior authorization or arrangement. Individuals attending the facility to seek authorization as a user of the facility should not bring their firearm or bow.

The following age restrictions are in place in addition to User Authorization:

  1. Firing Range: Individuals must be 10 years or older to utilize the firing range. Individuals age 10 – 17 must be accompanied (within arms reach) by an adult who is an “Approved User” or an “Approved User – Firearms”. In addition, the individual must have written permission from a parent or guardian to use a handgun.
  1. Archery Center: Individuals must be 7 years or older to use the archery center. Individuals age 7 – 14 must be accompanied (present in Archery Center) by an adult.

Storage Policy

Purpose:

This policy is for Approved Users to store their personal firearm and/or bow at the Shooting Sports Education Center (SSEC).

Eligibility:

Approved Users of the SSEC.

Policy:
  1. The firearm/bow to be stored at the SSEC must have a legible serial number.
  2. The User must fully complete, agree to and sign the established storage agreement. (See storage agreement for more details).
  3. The term of the storage agreement will be limited to one semester.
  4. The end of the storage term will be the day prior to the next semester starting.
  5. The storage fee will not be prorated for the semester.
  6. The firearm/bow must be brought to the SSEC in a case. The firearm case will not be stored at the SSEC. Bows will be stored in their case.
  7. Anytime a firearm will be leaving the facility, the User must bring in their case to remove it.
  8. The User must provide a lock for the firearm either inserted into the chamber and the magazine well or on the trigger. The User must keep the key. A key will not be kept by the SSEC.
  9. The User must provide a lock for the bow case. The User must keep the key. A key will not be kept by the SSEC.
  10. Ammunition will be stored in an approved & locked ammunition container if the User is storing their firearm. The case must be clearly labeled. A User will be limited to 2 approved ammunition containers.
  11. The User must sign the storage log each time they get their firearm/bow in or out of SSEC storage.
  12. Only the User(s) whose name appears on the storage agreement will be allowed to secure the firearm/bow.
  13. If siblings are storing a firearm/bow which they may all utilize, all names must appear on the agreement with each person’s information and signature.
  14. The User may only check in/out their firearm/bow during SSEC posted operational hours.
  15. The User may store no more than 5 firearms and/or bows for the established storage fee.
  16. The User must sign at the completion or upon termination of the storage agreement which indicates the firearm/bow has been permanently removed from the SSEC.

User Authorization Policy

Due to the location of the Shooting Sports Education Center being on university property, all individuals must take the appropriate steps to utilize the facility and possess a firearm or bow.

There are four categories of utilization of the SSEC:

  1. As an “Approved User”
  2. As an “Approved Firearms User”
  3. As an “Approved Archery User”
  4. As an “Approved Participant”

Once granted, status 1, 2, and 3 are in effect for one year from date of approval. Status 4 is in effect for the duration of the specific event, competition, activity, or training. An individual’s status may be revoked by the SSEC Director at any time for failure to comply with stated SSEC policies and procedures, University policies and procedures, Georgia State Law, and/or Federal Law.

Approved User:

An “Approved User” is an individual that meets the criteria defined to become an “Approved User” of the SSEC. Once an “Approved User”, individuals are “Duly Authorized” to lawfully possess the specified firearm and/or archery bow for which they have been approved. The comprehensive process includes shooter vetting (background check), range safety training, firearms and archery bow competency tests. All individuals must complete these requirements to become an “Approved User” of the SSEC.

Criteria:

  1. Complete a personal data form and shooting experience questionnaire.
  2. Complete the SSEC criminal background check consent form. (Adults Only)
  3. Successfully complete and pass a criminal background check. (Adults Only)
  4. Complete and sign a liability waiver.
  5. Watch a SSEC Range Safety and Operating Procedures Video.
  6. Pass a written firearms exam with a score of 80% or higher and display the ability to unload and make clear, perform a functions check, load a firearm, and engage a human silhouette target at ten yards seven out of ten times. (Shooters who self-identify as novice, new shooters, or shooters unable to pass both the written and practical exam will have to enroll in and pass a New Shooter Instruction Course.)
  7. Pass a written archery exam with a score of 80% or higher and display the ability to properly and safely do the following; follow all archery center rules including all whistle commands, nock an arrow and demonstrate the ability to safely shoot an arrow down range into a target at 10 meters. (Shooters who self-identify as novice, new shooters, or shooters unable to pass both the written and practical exam will have to enroll in and pass a New Shooter Instruction Course.)
  8. Specify the firearm for which they desire authorization. (Type, Make, Model, and Caliber)
  9. Specify the bow for which they desire authorization. (Type, Make, Model)

Note:

  • If the criminal background check is returned with no findings, it will be considered successful.
  • If the criminal background check is returned with findings it will be reviewed for consideration.
  • Authorization will include all rental firearms and bows issued at the SSEC.
  • An active law enforcement officer is exempt from a Criminal Background Check.
  • Should the criminal checks come back listing offenses that would prevent an individual to legally possess a firearm, that individual will be informed they are not eligible to use the facility.
  • Any person failing to disclose or falsifying information on their application form will be permanently banned from the SSEC.
Approved Firearms User:

An “Approved Firearms User” is an individual that meets the criteria defined to become an “Approved Firearms User” of the SSEC. Once an “Approved Firearms User”, individuals are “Duly Authorized” to lawfully possess the specified firearm for which they have been approved. The comprehensive process includes all criteria in the “approved user” process with the exception of the Archery written and practical exams. All individuals must complete these requirements to become and “Approved Firearms User” of the SSEC.

Approved Archery User:

An “Approved Archery User” is an individual that meets the criteria defined to become an “Approved Archery User” of the SSEC. Once an “Approved Archery User”, individuals are “Duly Authorized” to lawfully possess the specified bow for which they have been approved. The comprehensive process includes all criteria in the “approved user” process with the exception of the Firearms written and practical exams. All individuals must complete these requirements to become and “Approved Archery User” of the SSEC.

Approved Participant:

An “Approved Participant” is an individual that meets the criteria defined to become an “Approved Participant” of the SSEC. Once an “Approved Participant”, individuals can lawfully possess a firearm or archery bow in the designated activity, competition, or training for which they have been approved.

Criteria:

  1. Complete and sign a liability waiver.
  2. Be a member of a team in a scheduled team competition, a registered competitor in a scheduled individual competition, a registered individual in a firearm or archery training course, or a member of a group reservation or group training (See Group Participation Policy).

Note:

  • Visiting shooting teams and clubs participating in a Georgia Southern SSEC sponsored competition or event are responsible for submitting a roster of all shooters and coaches. All shooters will receive a range safety brief from the Range Safety Officer prior to any shooting to include pre competition zeroing and practice. Only those individuals on the roster will be permitted on the range. All others are restricted to the visitor viewing area.
Approved User Renewal:

Individuals may renew their utilization status up to 90 days after the expiration of their status by meeting the following criteria:

  1. Completing a SSEC Renewal Application.
  2. Completing a statewide criminal background check consent form.
  3. Successfully completing and passing the statewide criminal background check.
  4. Specifying the firearm for which they desire authorization. (Type, Make, Model, and Caliber)
  5. Specifying the bow for which they desire authorization. (Type, Make, Model)
  6. Paying the $20 renewal fee.

*If the request for renewal is received 91+ days after the expiration date, then the individual must complete the full criminal background check.

Group Participation Policy

To appropriately serve individuals seeking to participate at the SSEC as a group (minimum of 5 persons), the following criteria must be met:

Criteria:

  1. Submit A Reservation Request Form (Two weeks in advance recommended)
  2. Have a designated person of responsibility for the group.
  3. Receive a reservation confirmation from the SSEC.
  4. Each individual of the group must complete a personal data form and shooting questionnaire.
  5. Each individual of the group must complete and sign a liability waiver.
  6. Watch a SSEC Range Safety and Operating Procedures Video.
  7. Have an SSEC Range Safety Officer assigned to the group during the entirety of the reservation.

Note:

    The SSEC director will determine if additional staff or instruction is necessary based on the composition of the group and the desired activity.

Firearm Related Policies

  1. Long gun ammunition may only be sold to individuals age 18 and older.
  2. Handgun ammunition may only be sold to individuals 21 or older.
  3. Individuals age 18-21 may rent a handgun with ammunition. Unused ammunition must be returned to the SSEC.
  4. Individuals under the age of 18 may rent a handgun with ammunition with the prior written consent of a parent or guardian. Furthermore, the written consent must be in the person’s possession at all times and the parent or guardian giving the written consent may not be prohibited by law from possessing firearms. Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult to utilize the SSEC firearms range.

Disciplinary Processes

  • After the incident occurs and the incident report has been filed the Assistant Director will suspend the pass of the individual involved.
  • Assistant Director will set up a meeting with the individual involved, communication will be sent via email for said meeting.
  • Notice of the decision will be made via typed response on letter head to home of record.
  • The individual has 2 weeks from date of letter to appeal the decision in writing to the Director of the SSEC.
  • Finial decision will be made by the Director of the SSEC in writing and is finial.

Last updated: 2/22/2017

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