Please read all of the information on this page before asking questions, Our view is that if the new member candidate can not, will not or does not have the time to read and comprehend the onboarding processes outlined below, we do not want to share our range with them!
We own and operate a gun club and guns can be dangerous if handled improperly. The ability to read, understand and accurately follow written instructions is a mandatory skill with guns and GMSA holds gun safety above all else.
Please read the following information in it's entirety before firing off your questions via email. We play with toys that can be dangerous if operated by the inexperienced and will cause death and destruction if operated in the wrong direction. Please understand that if the new member candidate can not, will not or does not have the time to read and comprehend written instructions contained within our application packet, we do not want to share our range with them! This is the competency test mentioned above. Simply put, past behavior is a proven indicator for future behavior and with guns, the operator must "know" before he pulls the trigger and launches a projectile. Most of our safety rules are posted on signage in and around the club ranges; members and guests to our range must pay attention and read these signs in order to be safe and stay safe.
There is no room to ask questions after you've pulled the trigger and squealing "I did not know that" is a pathetic excuse after the fact.
The best way to prevent a misunderstanding, is to get a GOOD UNDERSTANDING BEFOREHAND, and more often than not, a good understanding can only be achieved by reading and comprehension. If you cannot do this, GMSA might not be the club you you.
We have zero tolerance for " I thought so's and I didn't know's" WHEN IT COMES TO GUNS, YOU MUST KNOW BEFOREHAND AND THE WAY TO "KNOW" IS BY READING SAFETY RULES AND PROCEDURES!
IF YOU TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY AND TAKE THE TIME TO READ AND COMPREHEND INSTRUCTIONS, GMSA WILL BE A GREAT FIT FOR YOU! WE ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SHARE OUR RANGE WITH ANYONE WHO TAKES GUN SAFETY SERIOUSLY, WHO MEETS OUR PREREQUISITES FOR MEMBERSHIP AND WILL TAKE THE TIME TO READ, AND CAN UNDERSTAND AND CAN FOLLOW WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS.
Our onboarding process is simple, it just requires a little reading. Please READ FIRST - BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS!
BEFORE YOU PROCEED WITH APPLYING FOR MEMBERSHIP, PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
If you don’t know any current members at GMSA, a very good way to meet members and obtain sponsors is to attend and possibly participate in a few GMSA monthly matches. There are various events scheduled on almost every weekend that are listed on the GMSA calendar of events. These events are open to non-members. When you participate in these events, introduce yourself to the Safety Officer or Match Director and inform them that you are applying for membership to GMSA and are seeking sponsors. Look for a GMSA member and get to know him or her. Be certain that you obtain the name and telephone number of your sponsors for your membership application and let them know that you will need at least two to attend a club meeting with you.
You will likely need to attend/participate in more than one event. Please understand that this is not a busy-body exercise to make you go out and collect signatures from a total stranger who might be guilted into being your sponsor. YOUR SPONSOR should personally know YOU! The kind of guy or gal that you might-would give a key to your house, and tell them to stop by anytime while you were away at work...because this is exactly the position that the club is in when we give the new member a gate key...unfettered access to our clubhouse and 36 acres of places to shoot in the wrong direction if you don't read, won't read or can't read our posted rules and procedures.
If you are still having trouble figuring out what a sponsor is, look at it this way, someone who is going to sponsor you is going to personally vouch for you, your ability to safely handle guns, your ability to follow club rules and regulations and your general character as a good citizen of the community and a fair minded sportsman because his or her club is in your hands once you get a key. Your sponsor should know you and trust you...trust you with a loaded gun when theirs is unloaded and in a holster...because that's what happens at a gun club. We all must know and trust that the other guy can safely handle a loaded gun when we are at point blank range. Our very lives are entrusted to our club members while on the range. This is why we don't give a gate key to just any ol' soul.
ABOUT OUR CLUB:
The Georgia Mountain Shooting Association, Inc. (GMSA) is a Not for Profit Georgia Corporation, and has attained Not for Profit status with the IRS. The Corporation leases its shooting facilities from GMSA Limited Partnership (GMSA LP), a Georgia Real Estate Partnership whose partners are members and past members of GMSA. The purpose of the GMSA Limited Partnership (GMSA LP) shall be to own, develop, maintain, manage, lease and operate real property for the limited and exclusive purpose of maintaining a range facility for Georgia Mountain Shooting Association, Inc. and its members.
In addition to GMSA member sponsorship, GMSA also requires a one time initiation fee of $300, plus annual dues of $100
(first year dues are pro rated according to what quarter of the year in which you apply - see application), and 10 hours of documented range work before December 31 of your first year. If a new member fails to perform, or document their work hours, the following year's dues will be $200. (EFFECTIVE JAN 2017)
We require that all first time applicants furnish two (2) of the following credentials as proof of a clear background and the eligibility to own and posses firearms.
Our new member packet lists complete requirements, procedures, instructions and a full schedule of prorated dues.
(club membership dues, work requirements and membership prerequisites are voted on annually by the membership and are subject to change)
If you have a valid CWL, CCP from a state bordering Georgia, we accept those as well but otherwise (if not) you will need to pay for a background check from a law enforcement agency physically located here in Georgia and submit the results to the club officers. THE ADDRESS ON YOUR CWL OR CCP MUST MATCH THE ADDRESS ON YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE.
If you have current (unexpired) law enforcement credentials, police, sheriff or deputy (but not a reserve officer) or are active US Military or National Guard (not a civilian contractor), you may use your current, unexpired Military or LE identification card in lieu of a GWL, Georgia Weapons License.
In other words, if you are active military and have a picture ID or other credentials that would currently allow you un-escorted access to a military base or installation, or LE credentials that would currently allow you to carry a firearm into a Georgia courtroom, this ID can be used in lieu of a GWL or CWP for GMSA membership.
Additionally, membership in GMSA also requires that you are now or will simultaneously become a member of the National Rifle Association. The liability insurance of $1,000,000 that the club carries is obtained through the club's affiliation with the NRA, and requires that all GMSA members to be NRA members.
To apply for membership, you must complete the New Member Packet submit it, (all forms required) together with appropriate GMSA Dues and $300 initiation fee to the GMSA Treasurer or any Club Officer.
This New Member Packet (Membership Application) is available to be downloaded and printed by following the link below.
You must have three (3) GMSA sponsors prior to completing and submitting your application.
Includes forms, instructions and procedures to join GMSA.
1- Please click on the link above (crosshairs)
2- Hover your cursor to the middle-right of your screen
3- Download the membership application (see example to the right and above this text)
4- Print out your application and read the second page for instructions.
New member orientation procedures click here.
BEFORE YOU PROCEED WITH SEEKING MEMBERSHIP INTO OUR CLUB, PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
>>>You must have three (3) sponsors before submitting your application
>>>You must be a current NRA member to join GMSA.
>>>You must remain a member of the NRA in order in order to maintain your GMSA membership! (yearly proof of membership is required to get a new gate key)
click here to join the NRA.
Completed forms should first be emailed to the executive committee(see new member packet for address)for review and once you receive confirmation that the application is complete, mail paper copies of your forms and sufficient funds to cover your club dues and initiation fee to:
Georgia Mountain Shooting AssociationTreasurer - Attn: New Member Packet
PO Box 188
Eastanollee, GA 30538