Release and Waiver of Liability Agreement
I acknowledge that I voluntarily have chosen to enter THE BUNKER GUN CLUB shooting range. I am aware that activities performed by members such as myself include using firearms at the shooting range and/or using firearms on Club property.
I AM AWARE THAT THESE ACTIVITIES ARE HAZARDOUS ACTIVITIES AND THAT I COULD BE SERIOUSLY INJURED OR EVEN KILLED. I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THESE ACTIVITIES WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGER INVOLVED AND AGREE TO ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISKS OF BODILY INJURY, DEATH OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, WHETHER THOSE RISKS ARE KNOWN OR UNKNOWN. BY SIGNING THIS DOCUMENT, I AM WAIVING ANY AND ALL LIABILITY ACTIONS WHICH I MIGHT PURSUE AGAINST THE BUNKER GUN CLUB OUTDOOR GUN RANGE FOR ANY AND ALL BODILY INJURY OR INJURIES, DEATH OR DEATHS, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, INCLUDING ANY AND ALL LIABILITY ACTIONS ARISING OUT OF NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF THE BUNKER GUN CLUB OUTDOOR GUN RANGE, ITS AGENTS, OFFICERS, AND/OR MEMBERS.
As consideration for being permitted by THE BUNKER GUN CLUB to become a member and to participate in the aforementioned activities, I forever release THE BUNKER GUN CLUB, and their respective directors, officers, employees, volunteers, agents, contractors, and representatives (collectively “Releasees”) from any and all actions, claims, or demands that I, my assignees, heirs, distributees, guardians, next of kin, spouse and legal representatives now have, or may have in the future, for injury, death, or property damage, related to (i) my participation in these activities, (ii) the negligence or other acts, whether directly connected to these activities or not, and however caused, by any Releasee, or (iii) the condition of the premises where these activities occur, whether or not I am then participating in the activities. I also agree that I, my assignees, heirs, distributees, guardians, next of kin, spouse and legal representatives will not make a claim against, sue, or attach the property of any Releasee in connection with any of the matters covered by the foregoing release.
I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS AGREEMENT AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENTS. I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND A CONTRACT BETWEEN MYSELF AND THE BUNKER GUN CLUB, AND I ACCEPT IT OF MY OWN FREE WILL. I also understand this release and waiver shall remain in effect while I am a member OR GUEST of the Bunker Gun Club.
RELEASE OR PARENT OR GUARDIAN
IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, YOU AND YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST REVIEW AND ACCEPT THIS WAIVER TOGETHER. Parent or Guardian: You verify that the dangers of the activities and the significance of this Release and Waiver were explained to the Member and that the Member understood them.
GUESTS ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEMBER OR MEMBERS WHO BROUGHT THEM TO THE RANGE. BY BRINGING A GUEST TO THE RANGE YOU AGREE TO ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS. ANY PERSON WHO ENTERS THE RANGE THRU THIS ENTRANCE AND PASSES BY THIS NOTICE IS AUTOMATICALLY AGREEING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WAIVER OF LIABILITY AGREEMENT.
Range Limitations and Safety Requirements
Live fire shooters will:
- Fire only while a qualified Range Safety Officer is on duty or Instructor is present.
- Fire only authorized firearms and ammunition.
- Fire at authorized targets only.
- Ensure that all projectiles impact designated areas and stay within the established Range safety limits (impact dirt berms).
- Ear and eye protection is mandatory while on firing line.
- Obey all commands of the Range Safety Officer in charge.
- Notify a Range Safety Officer if any unsafe practices are observed.
- Recover all paper and other debris that accumulates on the Range and dispose of it in the appropriate containers provided.
- Fire only from the established firing line.
Authorized and Prohibited Firearms and Ammunition
Shooters are permitted to fire all legally owned firearms up to and including .50 caliber firearms. Fully automatic firearms are permitted on the Range with proper documentation. Shooters are permitted to fire all legal muzzle loading rifles and pistols and smoothbore muzzle loading rifles and pistols. Shotguns firing rifled balls/slugs or sabots are permitted. Under no circumstances will any shooter fire tracer, armor piercing, steel core, or any other exotic ammunition. Suppressors are permitted on the Range with proper documentation. The use of a suppressor on a .50 cal rifle must be cleared with Jeremy Liggett before use.
Range Safety Rules and Regulations
- Always point the muzzle of all firearms in a safe direction, down range or down at the ground.
- All pistols and rifles must be kept at a low ready position when preparing to fire and never pointing in the air.
- Always wear eye and ear protection while on a live firing range. All shooters and spectators on the firing lines and staging areas must wear ear and eye protection. Safety ear and eyewear is available from RSO on duty.
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- A “Cease Fire” may be called by anyone on any range at any time for any reason.
- Never load or fire a firearm if there is any doubt of its ability to operate safely and reliably.
- Never attempt to load or fire any firearms unless they are familiar with their operation.
- A loaded firearm will never be left unattended.
- No loaded firearms are allowed on the Bunker Gun Club property other than on the Firing Line under a Hot Range condition, unless they are properly holstered for open carry or properly concealed for valid CWP holders. Only individuals with Concealed Weapons Permits from the state of FL or states with reciprocity may carry loaded concealed firearms on BGC property.
- ALL firearms must be unloaded, cased, and/or actions open when taken to and from the firing line, as well as sitting on the firing line, if not actively being shot.
- Always be sure that firearms and ammunition are compatible. Do not fire any ammunition that had to be force into the chamber.
- All new members of this range will undergo a safety orientation prior to receiving their identification and gate access. All shooters will be given a safety briefing prior to shooting.
- All members and guests must be sure of their target and what is behind it; all bullets will impact the berms.
- No ground level targets, cross-firing or ricochets are allowed (Excluding five stand and sporting clays in designated areas only).
- All members and guests must ensure that all bullets and shots fired on Range property remain on Range property.
- No shooting cross-range.
- All shooting can only be done from the firing line. Dry firing or aiming behind the firing line is prohibited.
- No shooting of large caliber rifles in the pocket berms. They are for machine guns, binary triggers, pistol calibers and lower velocity rifle rounds. No shooting the side walls of the pocket berm.
- Offhand, sitting, and prone shooting of rifles is only allowed in the rifle area on the Main Range or on the
- Long Range in allocated positions assigned by the RSO.
- Firing of armor-piercing or tracer ammunition is prohibited. Armor piercing ammunition means a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a firearm, and which is constructed entirely, excluding the presence of traces of other substances, of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, or beryllium copper.
- Explosives are prohibited.
- No bullet impacts off the range, into buildings, signs, storage containers, sheds, or any other structure or range feature not a Bunker Gun Club approved impact area.
- No repeated misses of the target board, or bullet strikes that ricochet causing a danger of bullets leaving the range.
- No disruptive activities, such as loud music or children that are not supervised properly on the firing line.
- The shooting of glass, non-approved steel or rocks is prohibited.
- All members’ and guests’ firearms are to be used only on the designated targets with safe ammunition.
- Exercise caution not to negligently discharge guns in the direction of range property, range signs, and stationary furniture. None of these will ever be permitted down range and used for a target.
- If your rounds are not going to hit solidly in the berm – DO NOT FIRE!
- Firing in a careless manner will not be tolerated. Shoot at your target only. Do not shoot at any elevation that will allow a bullet to travel over the backstop berm. Any bullet strikes to facility equipment, structures, or the like other than a designated target carry a fine/fee to cover costs of replacement and/or repairs. Those individuals firing in a careless manner will be dismissed from the range for the rest of the day. A Safety Incident Report will be filled out by the RSO and will be reported to appropriate staff for collection of fees. See “Replacement and Repair Costs” chart at the end of this document to be used by the RSO to determine fines/fees to be assessed.
- No shooting at wildlife. Hunting is prohibited on Range property.
- As part of the range safety procedures, all safety rules will be followed.
- Inexperienced shooters are to advise the RSO if assistance is needed.
- When a “Cease Fire” is called by anyone, stop all shooting immediately, place all firearms on the table, back away from the firing line, and wait for instruction from the RSO.
- When “Cold Range” is called by an RSO, stop firing, unload, clear, and lock back each personal firearm on the line. Wait until RSO has cleared the whole firing line and granted permission for anyone to go down range. Do not go past the 100 yard berm without the RSO’s permission.
- NO firearms are to be handled or moved during a “Cease Fire” or “Cold Range” at all. Individuals must wait until the RSO gives a Hot Range command. All firearms in need of cleaning or repair during a “Cold Range” must not be touched without prior consent of an RSO and an RSO present to supervise.
- RSO commands and range rules must be accepted at this range. Challenge to any rule or RSO command may be made in writing or in person to the Bunker Gun Club management.
- The RSO on duty will be equipped with first aid supplies, basic tools, and radio for communications with other RSOs/Instructors.
- Every Individual on the property of Bunker Gun Club must sign the Liability Indemnification and Release Waiver whether they are shooting or not.
- All members must ensure that all safety rules and regulations are followed.
- All members are responsible for their guests and must always have them under direct supervision including minors under the age of 18.
- Members must visibly display their membership badge on their person and present it to any BGC Staff asking to see it. Members may not lend badges. Lending your badge to a non-member is cause for immediate disciplinary action by the Bunker Gun Club.
- Every member of Bunker Gun Club is designated a safety officer and has the authority and responsibility to politely inform any other member or guest of any rule or regulation violation and to offer them guidance on rectifying the situation. If a member is unable or unwilling to address the matter, they must immediately notify the Range Safety Officer. If member does not rectify the situation and continues to violate the range rules and regulations please submit the members name, badge number or license plate number with a written complaint to the BGC Management.
- Range is to be used as posted, or as directed by the RSO on duty.
- Bunker Gun Club members must sign in/check in prior to using the range and must have their membership card in their possession to allow the RSO on duty to identify them as a member while on the range.
- Non-members must sign in and pay for their range use, targets, ammunition, and any other consumables that they may need on the range as a receipt is necessary to show the RSO on duty.
- Target stands may be rented from BGC. Personal targets may be used if they meet the requirements of the RSO on duty and are to be properly disposed of or returned after individual is done shooting. Glass targets, explosive targets, and any other exotic items may not be used as targets at any time without the permission of the Range Management and/or RSO on duty. Each shooter on the range must clean up their bench and targets down range prior to leaving – this will be enforced by the RSO on duty.
- Keep your area used clean – the RSO will enforce this. Please respect the equipment and clean up your area when you are through shooting. If you move something, PUT IT BACK. If you break something, REPORT IT so it can be repaired for future use. If you make a mess – CLEAN IT UP.
- All targets are to be removed from down range when finished shooting – but only during an RSO called “Cold Range”.
- The range will pick up all shell casings.
- All members and guests are responsible for their personal belongings.
- Clean up all your range trash when you are finished and throw it away.
- Vandalism at the range will not be tolerated and will be handled with potential serious consequences. Vandals may lose their membership and BGC may initiate both criminal prosecution and civil action to recover damages.
Alcohol and Drug Policy
- Alcoholic beverages and drugs are prohibited on Bunker Gun Club property during range operation hours.
- If taking medication, report this fact to the Instructor/RSO before participating in training/shooting.
- Shooters may not consume alcoholic beverages or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter medications) that will affect his or her ability to participate with a maximum state of awareness and in a completely safe manner, before or during live fire activities. The Range Officer/Instructor will deny range access to anyone that is or appears to be in violation.
- Participants suspected of being under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication will be removed from training until resolved. Authorized Range Office/Instructors will determine if a student is fit for training based on the medication taken. A physician may be consulted if necessary.
- Instructors/RSOs shall assess each participant prior to a day’s activities to detect any obvious physical or emotional impairment. Shooters deemed unfit for participation will be referred to designated BGC personnel.
- BGC Staff can deny use to anyone, anytime, for any reason.
Any violation of the Range Safety Rules and Regulations may result in disciplinary action.
Children On The Range
1. Children under the age of 18 will not be allowed on the firing range without adult supervision from an adult member, parent, or guardian.
2. Children ages 16 and under must be accompanied one-on-one with an adult parent or guardian with 100 percent eyes-on supervision. Adult in charge of watching each child will not be allowed to shoot at same time as child.
3. All children must be fitted with eye and ear protection while visiting the range. Earmuffs, ear plugs and safety eyewear are available in the clubhouse.
THE FAILURE OF ANY SAFETY RULE, INCLUDING ‘COMMON SENSE’ TO BE LISTED DOES NOT EXCLUDE IT FROM BEING A GOOD PRACTICE AND BEING REQUIRED ON THIS RANGE. IT SHOULD BE THE GOAL OF EVERY MEMBER OF THIS CLUB TO NOT ONLY SHOOT SAFELY ALL OF THE TIME, BUT TO HELP OTHERS SHOOT SAFELY ALL OF THE TIME AS WELL.
Firearm Safety Rules
4 Fundamental Rules for Safe Gun Handling:
- Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
- Always treat every firearm as if it loaded.
Rules for Using or Storing a Gun
- Know your target and what is beyond
- Be sure the gun is safe to operate
- Know how to use the gun safely
- Use only the correct ammunition for your gun
- Wear appropriate eye and ear protection
- Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting
- Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons
- Be aware that certain types of guns and shooting activities may require additional safety precautions.
General Range Rules
Know and obey all Range rules. The Duty Range Master is responsible for all operations of the Ranges. Obey all his/her commands or those assigned to help him/her Know where all persons on the range are always. Shoot only at authorized targets. At non-scheduled times where more than one shooter is on-line, a Duty Range Master must be present. Do not handle a firearm or stand on the firing line where firearms are present while others are downrange. Do not handle a firearm or dry fire behind the firing line. Stop shooting immediately upon the command “Cease Firing”. Follow hygiene guidelines by minimizing exposure to airborne particulate lead (clean hands and clothes) and limit the presence of pregnant women and children less than 7 years of age Ear and eye protection is mandatory for all shooters and spectators. No more than 2 persons are allowed at a firing point (shooting stall) on the firing line; 1 shooter and 1 coach/spotter. Each shooter may have more than one firearm at a time available to his firing point. Firearms not in use will be stored in the pistol box or case or on the table, cleared of all ammunition with the actions open or effectively blocked, or otherwise made safe as directed by the Range Officers. All firearms carried from the parking lot to the range office or classroom must be unloaded and cased.
“Range is hot”
This means that shooters may handle their firearms on the firing line. They may also handle their firearms in the ready area provided the actions are open or otherwise made safe. Load only on the firing line. At all times the 4 basic safety rules must be observed.
“Range is cold”
This means that the range is closed with respect to handling any firearms either on the line or in the ready area. All firearms are to be cleared; magazines removed, actions open or made safe. Long guns must be racked. Handguns may lay on the bench with the action exposed for verification by a Range Master. All shooters after benching their firearms must step back from the firing line.
This command should be given by the Duty Range Master after the range is declared hot. It informs the shooters that they may begin firing at authorized targets.
Whenever this command is given all shooters must immediately stop shooting, put the guns down on the table pointed down range, step off the concrete, and wait for further instructions from the Range Safety Officer.
NOTE: This command may be given by anyone who observes an unsafe condition on the range.
There are other range commands like “Ready on the right, ready on the left, ready on the firing line, etc.” that the range officers may see fit to use. Usually, ROs with a military background tend to use them. The intent is to make sure that everyone is ready to begin firing. These commands will be given by the Range Master when a competitive match is in progress. Variation of each may be used interchangeably.
To indicate emergency or hazardous conditions:
“CEASE FIRE” To stop all shooting routinely or, in the case of an emergency, immediately. Whenever this command is given all shooters must immediately stop shooting, put the guns down on the table pointed down range, step off the concrete, and wait for further instructions from the Range Safety Officer.
“MISSFIRE” To notify the RSO and other participants that a round did not fire when the trigger was pulled and to alert other shooters along the line that a hazardous condition may exist.
To prepare the range for live fire:
“MOVE FORWARD” To get shooters into position to prepare to begin shooting. Shooters will move from behind the ready line to their assigned position. DO NOT TOUCH FIREARM! Get comfortable, adjust your position make sure you are on the correct side of the bench.
“PROTECTIVE GEAR ON” To prepare the shooter for a safe experience. Shooters should put on first their eye protection then ear protection. “EYES AND EARS”
“YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR FIREARM” To prepare line for firing. Shooters will pick up their firearm, sight in on the target, make any final adjustments and prepare to load.
“LOAD” To notify the shooters that they may load their first round. Shooters will load their first round and keep finger off the trigger and stand ready for the next command.
“IS THE LINE READY?” To determine if all shooters along the line are ready. All shooters NOT ready should indicate their status to the RSO. Sufficient time will be allowed for the shooter to complete his/her preparation.
“READY ON THE RIGHT?” To declare that the shooters have indicated they are ready on the right side of the range. Any shooter not ready at this command may choose to either alert the RSO that he/she is not ready or to complete the process of getting ready before the final command has been given.
“READY ON THE LEFT?” To declare that the shooters have indicated they are ready on the left side of the range. Any shooter not ready at this command may choose to either alert the RSO that he/she is not ready or to complete the process of getting ready before the final command has been given.
“READY ON THE FIRING LINE?” To notify all shooters that the range is about to be under live fire and that if anyone is not ready at that point, he/she should notify the RSO; Otherwise await the next command. Shooters simply await the next command.
“COMMENCE FIRING” or “HOT RANGE” To declare the range formally open for live fire. The shooters may commence the prescribed course of fire.
To STOP FIRING and declare the range SAFE:
“SHOOTERS, YOU HAVE x MINUTES REMAINING” To alert all shooters that a general Cold Range is about to be called and to allow the slower shooters to complete the course of fire.
Other Common Commands:
“ON THE FIRING LINE” To tell shooters to take their assigned place at their firing point and prepare to fire, but do not load.
“GO FORWARD, SCORE TARGETS AND PASTE” Authorizes shooters to move downrange to score, change, remove or repair target faces.
“RANGE IS CLEAR, YOU MAY HANDLE YOUR FIREARMS” Shooters may approach the firing line and handle their firearms since no personnel are down range.
“MOVE OUT OF POSITION AND REMOVE YOUR EQUIPMENT FROM THE FIRING LINE” Authorizes shooters to remove their gear.
“POLICE YOUR ASSIGNED FIRING POINT” Shooters are to pick up their spent ammunition and clean their firing point of all debris.
“AS YOU WERE” Means to disregard the previous command just given.
“CARRY ON” Means to proceed with whatever was being done before the interruption occurred.
“REMOVE PROTECTIVE GEAR” Shooters may remove protective gear.
“MOVE BACK BEHIND THE READY LINE” Means to move behind the ready line and wait for further instructions from the RSO.
“YOU MAY GO CHECK YOUR TARGETS” Shooters may move downrange to the target area.
Range Operating Procedures
The RSO on duty will be equipped with first aid supplies, basic tools, and radio for communications with the Instructor Range and Long Range. Instructor must check in with RSO upon arrival at range.
Lead Instructor training on other ranges is responsible for acquiring a radio and Med Kit from the RSO on duty before the start of class, and to return the radio and Med Kit before leaving the range. Instructor will be billed for any materials damaged or not returned.
RSOs and Instructors are responsible for paying attention to the radio for Range Updates and communicating with the other Ranges about status.
RSO commands and range rules must be accepted at this range. Challenge to any rule or RSO command may be made to the Bunker Gun Club management.
Ranges will remain cold outside of set range hours. No live fire will take place outside of set range hours.
The Bunker Gun Club does have wood target stands, rubber dummy targets, and steel targets available for use. Requests must be made 2 weeks prior to scheduled class and are not guaranteed. A fee for targets may be charged in addition to the fee for range usage.
Pocket Berms and Instructor Range
Instructor Range is off limits to everyone without prior permission from Jeremy Liggett. It should be scheduled on the calendar. RSO’s must call for confirmation and not take anyone’s word for it. They must be a certified instructor with insurance or current active Law Enforcement Officer to be over there without an RSO. An RSO cannot leave the Main Range while on duty to go to the Instructor Range with someone to shoot.
Pocket Berms are a work in progress and protocol for them will change as time goes on.
Paper targets only. Pistol calibers, up to 5.56 rifle calibers, and machine guns are permitted. They are for training and doing things we don’t want them doing on the main range, like moving and shooting and drawing from holster.
Machine guns and binary triggers will be directed to the pocket berms to control noise.
Do Not Shoot the Walls! Only shoot the dirt berms! Do not shoot the walls!
Hot and Cold Range Procedure with Other Ranges The instructor who reserves the range for instructing purposes has the right to run the class as they see fit, as long as it is done in a safe manner and all major safety guidelines are followed.
Each Range can operate independently of other ranges except for specific conditions. ALL Ranges MUST go COLD for following conditions:
- If a person is going down range past the 100 yard berm on the Main Range
- If a person is going down range past the 100 yard berm on the Instructor Range