Joining Our Club
There are several steps to becoming a full member at Sharon Gun Club. The steps are:
(a) Obtain a Possession and Acquisition License for firearms.
(b) Obtain a share. Typically this is done through a private transaction between an existing shareholder and a purchaser.
(c) Submit a membership application. Application forms are available at the club office on Saturdays.
(d) Meet with a board member for an interview and reference check.
(e) Pay membership fee.
(f) Attend, and successfully complete, the CSSA approved introductory safety course.
(g) Receive the probationary Club ID Badge.
(h) Complete the probationary shoots: 5 rifle and/or shotgun and pistol.
(i) Submit completed probationary forms to the Board for approval.
(j) Receive membership badge (first year member white badge) and electronic fob (the fob currently costs $20.00).
OBTAINING A SHARE
Shares can be purchased, borrowed or rented from shareholders for the purposes of becoming a member at Sharon Gun Club. The club does not participate in these private transactions however one of the best ways of obtaining a share is to visit the club on a Saturday morning where one can meet members and check the club bulletin board where advertisements from shareholders willing to sell shares are often posted.
All new members join the Club as probationary members. The purpose of probation is to allow the new member to learn the Club safety rules and guidelines, and to demonstrate to specific Range Safety Examiners proficiency in the safe handling of firearms.
When you join the Club, the basic probation starts with a Sharon range safety/handgun safety course, followed by a minimum of five (5) observed probationary shoots with rifle, and/or shotgun, and handgun by a designated observer. Only one probationary shoot per day (per discipline) is permitted, and these shoots must be from a variety of examiners. There are lists posted on ranges 2 and 3, as well as in the clubhouse, of members who are willing to perform “sign-offs”. These members have been approved by the Board to perform this task, and they are volunteers, so please be patient, as there may be other probationary members waiting for “check-offs” as well. If no one on the list is present, you may find a board member who will do the examination for you.
The Board of Directors reserves the right to require additional probationary shoots. Should this be the case, the extra shoots must be examined by a board member.