Range Safety Officers
Range Safety Officer (RSO)
It is the role of the Range Safety Officer (RSO) to supervise all shooting activities on a range in accordance with the established range Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and the VSS club rules for Gun Safety. The RSOs duty is to maintain order on the range and ensure that the shooters follow the range regulations which prevent possible property damage and/or personal injury.
Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO)
The Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) has overall responsibility for the safe handling and shooting of guns anywhere on range property. The CRSOs train, coordinate, and supervise RSOs. The CRSO may develop the SOP for the range as directed by the range organization and is responsible for the implementation of the SOP.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
The range SOP lists the RSO's duties and all activities associated with the range and range premises. The Range SOP is an official document approved by the range officials or the range owner. The SOP states the requirements for safety, emergencies, eye and ear protection, and hygiene guidelines. The SOP is the authorization for RSOs to act on behalf of the range to ensure safe activities on the range premises.
An RSO or CRSO has been assigned to each shooting activity sponsored by the Villages Straight Shooters club. Members attending those shooting events are obligated to observe the range and club gun safety rules and follow RSO commands and directions.
Members committing infractions of the rules may be warned or asked to leave the range if infractions are grievous or repeated. At a minimum, infractions of the three basic NRA gun handling rules would be considered grievous infractions. Those rules are: