Highlights of the General Meeting of the PQF&G, September 27th, 2017.
To All Members:
Several important decisions were made at the General Meeting on September 27th. I would like to summarize them as some are time sensitive.
- Section 14.1-3 – Shooting Club and Shooting Ranges Regulations
This deals with Restricted or Prohibited Firearms.
Regulations specify that the club must keep a record of member names addresses and phone numbers, club membership card numbers and the number of the licence to possess firearms.(PAL) This information must be retained for a period of 6 years.
The meeting was unwilling to endorse these provisions, The arguments were that it may conflict with the Privacy Act and that since these regulations had not been enforced since inception in 1998, the government may not see them as an issue worth pursuing..
We will be checking PAL documents, but not recording them or checking for expiry dates.
- Youth Shooters – Our youth shooters program has declined to a point where we have very few youth involved. The club has cancelled the current reserved times for youth shooters and is asking for volunteers to come forward to revitalize the program. We have the equipment and funding but need mentors to work with the youth. We can supply guidance through the club and funding. A curriculum exists to help.
Please let the club know if you are able to help. If we cannot secure volunteers, we will need to cancel the program. The youth are our future in the club and we need to ensure they see the value of our programs.
Please contact Larry Blair either directly or through our website if you are interested in helping out on this issue.
A few minor items.
We will require members to put their names forward for Board elections next year. To this point we are looking at selecting a new President, (the current one is stepping down) Treasurer (Tina is stepping down) and additional members as they declare. Please think of offering to run.
Please be considerate when smoking on the ranges. We have posted inside signs as required. Smoking outside and on the firing line, while legal, can also make it very uncomfortable for members using these areas.
We have had reports of members becoming lax in terms of range safety.. Rick has tried to enforce basic rules but cannot be everywhere at all times. We need to police ourselves.
So if you see someone violating long standing rules (which are posed both online at the ranges), take a moment and say something to them. These are our ranges and we want them to be safe for all.
Next Board meeting October 17th and next General Meeting October 24th.