Southern Chester County SportSmen's and FARMERS' ASSOCIATION

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is the policy on use of bump stocks or other similar devices?
A: Even though not technically full auto, the unenlightened may hear it as "full auto". To avoid any issues, the Executive committee have said bump fire and slide fire is only allowed during the full auto time period (Wed Noon - 3pm). Also note that the shooter is required to ensure that the firearm is properly aimed. If the shooter cannot hold the rifle on target while conducting bump fire, it is not allowed.

Q: As a member, can I bring my grandchildren to the club to fish?
A: Yes, as long as they are under 18 & under your direct supervision.

Q: Why so many rules?
A: This is a private association & the rules that the association follows are a culmination of solutions to deal with situations that have arisen over the years. Almost all of the rules in force are common sense & are the same conventional safety rules practiced at clubs all over the country.

Q: Do I have to go to the clubhouse to sign in if I’m only using the outdoor archery range?
A: Yes, All members & their invited guests must sign in/out on the LobbyGuard system each and every time they enter/exit the Association property.

Q: When my membership expires, how do I renew?
A: Renewal invoices sent out via email to current members on or about July 1rst each year.  Members have until September 15th to submit their dues payment online through the web site. Late fees are imposed for those who fail to renew by September 15th. 

Q: My membership has expired and I need to sight in my rifle for deer season, can I just go to the range, sight it in and send in my renewal when I get time?
A: No, While you have up to the deadline in December to renew your membership, You may not use the Association facilities until you have received your new membership card.

Q: As a member benefit, does my spouse get a card and can she come to the club by herself?
A: No. Your spouse can get a card of their own only after joining as a spouse and attending the new member orientation and mentoring. Otherwise your spouse would have to be accompanied by a member under a guest pass and under direct supervision if she wanted to use the facilities. If your wife just wants to accompany you to the range and does not use any of the facilities, she does not need a guest pass.  However, she will have to fill out a Waiver of Responsibility form.

Q: Why do I have to stay under the range cover while shooting?
A: This is part of the agreement with West Marlboro township under their ordinance no. 94-03, this is not our choice, this is local law. There are exceptions.

Q: I want to use the camping area, can I bring my 40’ motor coach?
A:  No. We don’t have the space or the facilities for something that size, our camping area is setup more for tents and  maybe a small popup camper at most.

Q: Are there any restrictions as to what type of firearms may be used on the ranges?
A: You may fire any type of firearm that you can legally possess under BATF rules as long as you follow the posted rules and you use them safely. The only restrictions are (1).  in dealing with Class 3 firearms, special permission must be obtained and a permit issued by the board of directors to fire them on the association ranges.  (2). No shotgun or shot shell use on the 7/15 yard range.

Q: Are there any restrictions as to rate of fire or magazine capacity for semi-autos?
A: No, not currently. As long as you can fire it safely and follow the rules it is allowed.

Q: What happens if I get caught breaking the posted rules?
A: Disciplinary actions can range from a verbal warning or a temporary suspension to total expulsion, depending on the infraction/offense.

Q: Can anyone join the association?
A: Yes, As long as they can legally possess a firearm, are willing to follow the rules, are safe and are an asset to the association and not a liability.

Q: What does an membership cover?
A: You, the member and any child under the age of 18.

Q: As a member, can I bring my 19 year old son who is in collage under my membership?
A: No, if your child is 18 or older, they are an adult and you would need a guest pass or their own membership.

Q: Who is responsible for enforcing the rules?
A: The Executive Committee and each and every member.  We are a self regulating association. It is the responsibility of every member to assure the well being of the Association. If you witness an infraction, either correct it or report it to the Executive Committee for review.

Q: I see there is a bulletin board in the entrance foyer to the clubhouse and in the shooting sheds. Who can use this and how?
A: All paid members may post any notice on the Association bulletin board. Do not post anything on the board in the area being used by official club notices on the large board. Date all postings and include your membership number. All postings will be removed at the end of the 2nd month from posting and any item deemed to be unfit for posting will be removed. Keep it neat.

Q: Can I use a crossbow on the archery ranges?
A: Yes, as long as you use field points.  No broadheads are permitted.  See Archery Rules.

Q: I just joined as a new member and I want to bring guests. when can I start bringing guests?
A: Anyone who recently joined is a probationary member for the first calendar year of membership and does not have guest privileges until they have completed that first calendar year of membership without any rules infractions/violations of record.

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