University Shooting Club


March 9, 2010, 12:09 AM
I am a college student in Southwest FL (Florida Gulf Coast Univ.) and I am thinking about starting a university affiliated sporting clays club

assuming i get through all the hurdle on the university side (dealing with Student Government, Constitution, bylaws, elections, etc...)
what kind of things should i need to think about as far as the shooting part of things

is there anyway for a student organization to get sponsorships from the likes of ammunition companies, trap ranges, sporting goods stores, etc...

will we need to take safety classes from someone such as the Florida Wildlife Commission / Dept. of Agriculture?

how would a school club go about getting things like clays and a thrower for informal meetings at the FWC public range?

I assume people will need to have their own shotguns/or borrow from fellow members...i cant even imagine the liability/ hassle of having "club guns"

has anyone else out there done anything like this?

any help would be greatly appreciated as I am pretty amped to do this as i feel that my school has a a lot of people that would be interested in doing this sort of thing

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GunsAmerica Fan
March 9, 2010, 12:16 AM
In south florida you would shoot either at Trail Glades, down by Kendall, or Markham Park in south Broward, about five miles from the flamingo exit off 595 west toward 75 from 95. In either place you will pay about $7 a round, plus shells and you could just meet informally at first because all you need is money in either place. Trail Glades has a ten minute course you have to take, but not for the shotgun range.

I don't know that you will easily find a sponsor for something like that, especially at first. I went to the NSSF meeting last year about this kind of thing and the consensus was that what prevents it is that there is no reporting systems in place for the success of such a thing, so there is no ROI for the companies who sponsor it. There are just too many things to sponsor.

March 9, 2010, 12:28 AM
actually im more in SWFL so the closest ranges are Webb-Babcock, Sarasota Gun Club, Quail Creek Plantation, and Port of the Islands

March 9, 2010, 12:43 AM
I've only got a month left at my college, but I'd like to do the same. The student that I had planned on doing this with already graduated (I was supposed to), but seeing as how we only have an air rifle team at this school, and if you so much as drive through the campus with a weapon in your car (even going home from hunting), you'll be arrested. Pretty "backwards" for the state of South Carolina if you ask me.

I've got a feeling that since roughly 35% of the school is from out of state, a good chunk being from the northeastern US (many of which I have seen and spoken to who are avidly against firearms), it might be a little hard to push for something like this.

March 9, 2010, 12:48 AM
FGCU is mostly local students, so i dont see that being a huge issue

on the no gun policy, a friend of mine was caught on campus after hunting and while he avoided all legal charges, he is petitioning the University PD to start a student gun storage system at the police station, similar to the system already in place at the University of Florida

March 9, 2010, 01:58 AM
has anyone else out there done anything like this?

UCF has the "Knights Rifle Association" that goes to the range on a weekly basis. UCF is WAY anti gun, but still allows us to do what we want as long as we don't bring the gun on campus. Maybe contact the President of this (I think he founded it too) and see what he had to do since they're both Florida Universities, and must be similar.

Jumping Frog
March 9, 2010, 02:03 AM
You can call the NRA and get an info packet from them for setting up clubs. They have advice on issues like organizational structure, bylaws, liability insurance, etc.

GunsAmerica Fan
March 9, 2010, 10:59 AM
I have registered an NRA club myself and it's not a bad idea if you want to do it. The pdf for membership is here (, but they also now have an online form ( You have to have 3 NRA members as contacts, and the club itself pays yearly dues. I did it to buy the insurance cheap but never followed it through because they needed too many details I didn't have, since here you have to use a state park as your place to shoot. It sounds like your existing shooting club is going to get you the most traction. They do shoot trap on thursday nights if you click on the calendar.

John Wayne
March 9, 2010, 11:21 AM
I have the same dillemma: I'd like to start a club, but funding is almost non-existant even for the clubs that the university approves of. The local "friends of the NRA" guy is a tacticool weirdo who has a 3-foot sign across his tailgate calling Obama a "thieving Socialist bastard," and gives out business cards that use an alias instead of his name.

This guy is just plain sketchy in my opinion, and is the reason why many have a negative view of gun owners. Even if you don't like the president, have enough respect for the office not to paint messages across the back of your truck.

Best of luck in getting your organization started. Please keep us posted so that others can start clubs too!

March 9, 2010, 11:24 AM
Sending PM.

Claude Clay
March 9, 2010, 12:06 PM
FL vs CT university bylaws----i am somewhat familiar with CT as my daughter formed a 'gun' club at one of our major universities. no guns or gun related (even a spent casing) items allowed on campus. they will pay (reimberse) the students for range fees; but not for the cost of bullets or gun rentals. trips to the NRA Museum in VA are even ok'ed by, and paid for by, the university.

pikid89 and John Wayne--pm me and i'll pass it along to my daughter. perhaps what she has already done may be of help to you. CC

March 9, 2010, 12:43 PM
Pikid89--PM sent. There is no reason you can't organize and meet on campus if no guns are present. Once organized you can plan trips to various ranges or competitions. Students up to and including 21 years of age can also organize as a "Venture Crew" under the Boy Scouts of America umbrella and have access to the Boy Scout equipment and shooting facilites at Camp Miles near Punta Gorda. Another advantage of BSA membership is $10 a year accident/liability insurance. There are a couple of high school and college age shooting groups operating out of there now.

March 9, 2010, 04:00 PM
An idea for the "sponsorship" thing. Try contacting any local membership only range. See if they are interested in affiliation and allow you to host a regular event for your club at their facilities.

Unlike product makers, there is a distinct possibility that people geographically coincident to the club might one day join it at full price.

Carne Frio
March 9, 2010, 04:13 PM
I applaud your efforts to get a shooting oriented club for students.
But, why stop there ? University of Alaska Fairbanks has a NCAA Air Rifle
and Small Bore team. Here is a link to the NCAA for rifle team info:

March 9, 2010, 04:22 PM
The Knights Rifle Association went around giving out bright orange and yellow water guns (the ones that were obviously not real looking) and little flyers with facts on them to people all over campus. Actually turned out to get peoples attention....

March 9, 2010, 04:33 PM
You should talk to Will Fennell who is a member here. Will can point you at sponsorship organizations and assistance to help you form a club and possibly a team.

March 9, 2010, 09:08 PM
Well definitely let us know how it goes! Me and some friends have been thinking about starting a club/team at SMU next semester maybe.. Not sure of all the specifics, but I know we here need at least 10 people who will sign that they can attend meetings, a faculty/staff sponsor, and then approval.. And as part of SMU's anti-drinking campaign there's some funding for evening/late-night activities that don't involve alcohol.. so we might be able to get some assistance with fri/sat night range time :)
Of course, still need to get it set up and all first :/

I did see in the TSRA Sportsman a month or two ago about an air-rifle setup the NRA will give to groups that help educate youth about firearm safety and such (safe for setup in a school gym). So if you're able to get members of your club to donate time, and find some cub scouts or something like that, you can also help educate some kids about it :)

March 9, 2010, 09:25 PM
I just want to mention what i had PMed to pikid in case this is found by future searchers.

When I was a junior at Brandeis University in 2005, I founded a shooting club. The school is in Boston MA and is very liberal even by Boston standards. By some miracle our heard work paid off and we were recognized by the student union and got sponsorship from the school.
I know how hard it can be to form a shooting club in a university. If you need any help at all feel free to PM or e-mail me.

This goes to anybody who ever reads this in the future as well. It's an open invite.

March 10, 2010, 09:02 AM
well today me and my buddies who are working on this with me have a meeting with the student body president to discuss how to kick this thing off

thanks for the good info so far

will keep informed

March 10, 2010, 09:57 AM

This might be too short notice for you, but the NCAA Championships are being held this Friday and Saturday at TCU. They will be shooting both smallbore and air rifles at this competition. If ya'll would like to see how an air rifle range can be set up and operated safely in a gym, you should make plans to go and see this. You can get info on the TCU athletics web site - look for the Women's Rifle Team at TCU!

March 10, 2010, 12:36 PM
turns out we wont be able to get university funding until the fall of it looks like we'll have to fundraise and find sponsorships

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