Summit County Shooting Range
Rules and Regulations
Although the range is free and open to the public, there are rules and regulations approved by the Summit County Board of County Commissioners that apply to range visitors. You
click here to view all of the rules and regulations in a PDF
format, or you can just click a link below to scroll to your section
A compact, tri-fold brochure containing these Rules and
Regulations is also available as a PDF file. Click on this
Visitor's Guide link (826
kB PDF) to print this compact brochure to place in your range bag.
In October of 2014, minor updates to the range rules and regulations were approved. Please visit the Rule Update Page to see what's new and why the changes were made.
Enforcement & Penalties
Enforcement and Penalties for violation of the approved Rules and Regulations is set forth in Paragraph IV-V of the Summit County Board of County Commissioners Resolution Number 2012-39. Please note that the rules provided in this Resolution were updated in October of 2014. The updated rules are provided below.
General Range Safety Rules
- ALWAYS keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. This applies at all times to both loaded and unloaded firearms.
- ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on target and you are ready to fire.
- ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
- Always be sure of your target and what is behind it.
- Shoot only at authorized targets. Shooting at wildlife is prohibited.
- Ensure your fired projectile is landing within the range boundaries.
- Know and obey all range commands.
- Know where others are at all times.
- All handguns must always arrive and depart the firing line in a case or holster. All handguns in the ready-area behind the firing line must be cased or holstered.
- All firearms must be uncased/un-holstered, readied, and re-cased/re-holstered ONLY on the firing line and ONLY while the range is open for live fire.
- All uncased rifles or shotguns are carried to and from the firing line unloaded, with the action open, and with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
- Black powder firearms are to be charged with the muzzle pointing up. They shall not be capped or primed until on the firing line with the muzzle pointing down range.
- Prior to anyone going downrange, all firearms remaining on the firing line or benches will have their muzzles pointed downrange, magazines removed and actions open with no live rounds in them.
- When a uniformed NRA-certified Range Safety Officer is not present any shooter may act as Range Officer, responsible for safe operation of the range.
- Failure to obey the order of a Range Officer is a major safety violation and can result in fines and/or expulsion from the range.
- Persons possessing a concealed handgun permit must comply with current state laws.
- Toy guns and BB guns are to be treated as real firearms. Persons handling such arms shall comply with all range rules.
- Each shooter is responsible for his/her actions and the actions of everyone in their group.
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General Range Regulations
- Hours of operation -Shooting and access are permitted during these hours only:
- April 1st to October 31st - 7:00am till 8:00pm
- November 1st to March 31st - 7:00am till 5:00pm
- Incendiary, tracer, armor piercing or explosive types of ammunition are not permitted on any range.
- Explosive targets and incendiary targets are prohibited.
- Cannons, mortars, and centerfire rifles 50 caliber in size (including .50 BMG) or larger are prohibited.
- Eye and ear protection are required on the firing line.
- Alcohol and drug use is prohibited.
- Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- No littering -Shooters must clean their shooting areas, including brass, when finished.
- No dogs or pets allowed (with the exception of Service Dogs).
- Pedestrian access only -no motor vehicles permitted on the range (with the exception of authorized maintenance vehicles and placarded or licensed Handicapped vehicles with prior permission from range management).
- No firearms may be discharged at any location on the property other than the designated firing line.
- When others are waiting for a shooting bench, a shooting bench may be occupied for a maximum of 1 hour.
- Spent shell casings placed in the provided donation receptacles are the property of the range.
- Violations of the Regulations or General Range Safety Rules may result in expulsion from the range.
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Trap Range Regulations
- Shotguns or handguns with shot shells only on this range. Firearms shooting bullets or slugs are forbidden on the trap range. Slug shells may only be used at the 100 Yard range.
- Only clay pigeons are allowed on this range with the exception that paper/cardboard targets are permitted on the shotgun pattern board.
- Shotgun pattern boards are located in Trap Range and may only be used with shotguns or combination shotgun/pistol firearm firing shot shells.
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50 Yard and 100 Yard Range Regulations
- Only paper targets, cardboard targets or reusable stationary targets that are manufactured and sold for the purpose of target shooting may be used on the 50-and 100 yard ranges. Clay targets are prohibited on these ranges.
- Only handguns or rifles using rim-fire or muzzle loaded ammunition, are allowed on the 50 Yard Range.
- Shotguns and handguns firing shot shells are not permitted on the 50- or 100-Yard ranges, with the exception that shotguns firing slug shells are permitted on the 100 Yard Range.
- Firing shall only be done from the designated firing line.
- Firearms will not be handled for any reason when persons are forward of the firing line.
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Please see Board of County Commissioners
for a complete list of penalties,
and enforcement provisions.