Men’s Shooting Event – June 19
Guess what is just around the corner? That’s right, it is the fifth annual ‘Ransel Farm Shootout’. Yee-haw!! Woot! Woot!
We are headed up to Ransel’s farm again to do some target shooting on handgun, rifle, shotgun, and black powder ranges. Let me know if you can be a driver and how many you can take in your car.
We will meet at the church building, 2796 5th Ave S, Suite A, Fargo, ND 58103, and leave promptly at 8:30am (so that does mean you need to show early enough, say 8:15ish, to be packed up and ready to go) and travel together to Ransel’s farm for a day of target shooting. Smoked brisket and brats will be provided but bring a snack, dessert, drinks, or side dish to share to go with lunch. Be prepared for some fun competition. We will return to the church building around 5pm.
Those without firearms there will, at a minimum, be a 9mm handgun and .223 rifle available to shoot. You will want to bring ammo for either or both calibers of what you would like to shoot. You can also ask the other brothers with firearms what ammo you can bring for shooting. Those with firearms, it is your responsibility to ensure all applicable laws are followed for the transport of the firearms to and from our destination (applicable state statutes for review provided below). Safety is everybody’s responsibility and the following four safety laws must be practiced at all times by everyone.
The 4 rules of gun safety were put in place to ensure that no accidents happen. If these rules are followed 100% of the time, you can rest assured that you will never have an accident with your firearms.
The 1st Law: The Gun Is Always Loaded
Imagine you’re at the range and a buddy of yours has a new gun that he just picked up. He asks if you want to shoot it and you say “Well, obviously!”. Even if he shows you that the gun is clear and sets it down, the first thing you should always do when you pick it up is to safety-check it. This also applies to setting it down again. Whenever the gun is out of your control, even if you set it on a table for 30 seconds, you ALWAYS want to safety-check it when you pick it up. There is no exception to this rule.
The 2nd Law: Never Point The Gun At Something You Are Not Prepared To Destroy
If you’ve done your safety-check and are absolutely sure that your gun is unloaded, that does not give you the go-ahead to be careless with it. Remembering the first rule, The Gun Is ALWAYS Loaded, you should never point it toward anything that you are not prepared to destroy.
The 3rd Law: Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It
Bullets can go through – and beyond – your intended target. Knowing what’s behind your target is an essential step to safety and responsibility.
The 4th Law: Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target
This 4th rule, arguably the most important one, should be practiced 100% of the time (as with all of these rules). With any modern firearm, as long as your finger is away from the trigger guard, your firearm will not discharge. Knowing this, there should be 0% chance of a negligent discharge. Notice we didn’t say ‘accidental discharge’, because there is no such thing. It’s negligent, period.
Every single time that you pick up a firearm, you should be doing it. With this mindset each and every time, it will become second nature. Should you have to draw your firearm one day, you will instinctively place your trigger finger along the frame and slide instead of directly on the trigger or inside the trigger guard.
TRANSPORTATION BY MOTOR VEHICLE – North Dakota
The first method is to transport it in a locked and closed trunk or luggage compartment of a motor vehicle.
Second, a handgun, carried by a person permitted by law to possess it, may be carried unloaded and in a secure wrapper from the place of purchase to that person’s home or place of business, or to a place of repair, or back from those locations.
The third method, which includes rifles, shotguns or a weapon that will expel a projectile by action of a spring, compressed air or compressed gas (i.e. BB gun, air rifle or C02 gun) must be unloaded while carried in a motor vehicle in plain view.
TRANSPORTATION BY MOTOR VEHICLE – Minnesota
97B.045 TRANSPORTATION OF FIREARMS.
A person may not transport a firearm in a motor vehicle unless the firearm is:
(1) unloaded and in a gun case expressly made to contain a firearm, and the case fully encloses the firearm by being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied, or otherwise fastened, and without any portion of the firearm exposed;
(2) unloaded and in the closed trunk of a motor vehicle; or
(3) a handgun carried in compliance with sections 624.714 and 624.715.
Subd. 2.Exception for disabled persons.
The restrictions in subdivision 1 do not apply to a disabled person if:
(1) the person possesses a permit under section 97B.055, subdivision 3; and
(2) the firearm is not loaded in the chamber until the vehicle is stationary, or is a hinge action firearm with the action open until the vehicle is stationary.
Subd. 3.Exceptions; hunting and shooting ranges.
(a) Notwithstanding provisions to the contrary under this chapter, a person may transport an unloaded, uncased firearm, excluding a pistol as defined in paragraph (b), in a motor vehicle while at a shooting range, as defined under section 87A.01, subdivision 3, where the person has received permission from the lawful owner or possessor to discharge firearms; lawfully hunting on private or public land; or traveling to or from a site the person intends to hunt lawfully that day or has hunted lawfully that day, unless:
(1) within Anoka, Hennepin, or Ramsey County;
(2) within the boundaries of a home rule charter or statutory city with a population of 2,500 or more;
(3) on school grounds; or
(4) otherwise restricted under section 97A.091, 97B.081, or 97B.086.
(b) For the purposes of this section, a “pistol” includes a weapon designed to be fired by the use of a single hand and with an overall length less than 26 inches, or having a barrel or barrels of a length less than 18 inches in the case of a shotgun or having a barrel of a length less than 16 inches in the case of a rifle:
(1) from which may be fired or ejected one or more solid projectiles by means of a cartridge or shell or by the action of an explosive or the igniting of flammable or explosive substances; or
(2) for which the propelling force is a spring, elastic band, carbon dioxide, air or other gas, or vapor.
Pistol does not include a device firing or ejecting a shot measuring .18 of an inch, or less, in diameter and commonly known as a “BB gun,” a scuba gun, a stud gun or nail gun used in the construction industry, or children’s pop guns or toys.