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VRA Rifle Range Safety guide

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The Victorian Rifle Association along with its affiliate Clubs is the premier open range rifle shooting organisation in Victoria.

The Victorian Rifle Association regards Range safety as critical in the safe participation in the sport of target shooting to ensure the maximum safety and enjoyment for its Members and also the general public.

NRAA Standing Shooting Rules

The safety requirements as layed out in the NRAA Standard Shooting Rules shall be followed at all times.

Range Standing Orders

All affiliated Rifle Clubs should have an up to date set of Range Standing Orders.

Range Safety Checklist

A safety checklist should be developed for each Range to ensure affiliated Clubs using that Range have their own Range safety standards. This would form part of the Range Standing Orders.

Range safety will be carried out at Rifle Club and individual shooter level on every use of their Range

The following points are required to be carried out by all VRA affiliated Clubs:
  • Range Officers control all Member shooting events
  • Scorers ensure all shooters only close the bolt when the rifle is aimed at the target
  • Safety flags are flown on the stopbutt and Range entrance whilst live firing is taking place
  • Safety flag is flown at firing point
  • Ensure shooters possess a current and valid shooters license for the rifle being used.
  • All rifles made secure when on Range and not in use and secured properly when in transit
  • Follow procedures in dealing with misses on the target
  • Follow procedures in dealing with mis-fires

VRA Range Officer Accreditation Policy 2016

Details here

Information for Clubs with a Range covered by a Classification Safety Template:

Full Bore Classification Ranges

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NRAA Standard Shooting Rules - May 2016

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Storage requirements for Category A and B longarms

Safekeeping of firearms when being transported in vehicles

Victoria Police have updated guidelines for firearms transport in an effort to introduce best practice when moving guns around in public.

The information below has been developed to provide firearm licence holders a guide on how firearms and ammunition should be transported in most circumstances.

Storage and Safekeeping Requirements for Firearms

In most circumstances firearms should be transported in the following manner:

  • Firearms should be transported in a padded cover or hard case, unloaded and preferably rendered inoperable; 
  • While being transported, firearms and ammunition should be kept out of sight and stored in separate receptacles that are either secured to the inside of you vehicle or in a lockable component of your vehicle; and
  • Cartridge ammunition should be stored separately from the firearms in a part of the vehicle not readily accessible by an unauthorised person. A lockable glove box would suffice provided the key to the glove box is kept securely by the holder of the firearm licence and cannot be accessed by persons unauthorised to possess ammunition or firearms.

Licence holders should exercise a common sense approach to storage when transporting their firearms and be mindful of all of their obligations.

For further information, see the updated Firearms Newsletter, December 2015 from the Vic Police LRD.

A message from the Acting Superintendent

Recent guidelines, discussions on the safe keeping of firearms and ammunition when being transported have caused some concerns.

Firearm industry newsletter December 2015

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Urgent Safety Notice

An accident on 4 July 2015 at Bisley, fortunately resulting in only minor injury, has highlighted a safety issue.
All owners of modern target, match and F class rifles are to check that it is not possible for any part of the stock to foul any part of the firing mechanism.

Click here to download the Safety Notice.

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