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    Default open carry law at a gun range??

    Last week I went up to Wexford game lands to shoot at the range. I was open carrying my glock 23 and I think it was the game commission who came up to me and said that you can only conceal carry on the range. Open Carry is prohibited. Does anyone know what the reason for this is?

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    Default Re: open carry law at a gun range??

    I'd say the DWCO was full of shit, but the game commission has stranger rules than that, so I'll wait for the research...
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    Default Re: open carry law at a gun range??

    Its supposed to be a cold range according to the rules posted.

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    I'm also inclined to say he was full of it...but the gamelands range has some strange rules as was stated.

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    Default Re: open carry law at a gun range??

    Quote Originally Posted by dab86 View Post
    Last week I went up to Wexford game lands to shoot at the range. I was open carrying my glock 23 and I think it was the game commission who came up to me and said that you can only conceal carry on the range. Open Carry is prohibited. Does anyone know what the reason for this is?
    Hmmmm....that's a new one.....

    Quote Originally Posted by wa3ra View Post
    I'd say the DWCO was full of shit, but the game commission has stranger rules than that, so I'll wait for the research...
    Quite possible, I'll be looking forward to hearing this as well...

    Another reason I am glad I belong to a private range


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    Default Re: open carry law at a gun range??

    And would the mag limit for the range apply to carried guns, as well? 'Cause the only way in Hell that you'll ever find me with only 3 rounds in my G22 is if I just finished capping 13 zombies.

    Anyhow, all the more reason to go to a private range. There's also less chance of getting a new hole in your body from someone's "unloaded" gun.
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    Default Re: open carry law at a gun range??

    There are some f'ed up DWCO's out there. Next time get their name and file a complaint with the PGC or it will never stop.

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    Default Re: open carry law at a gun range??

    Quote Originally Posted by w1cked View Post
    Its supposed to be a cold range according to the rules posted.
    this one escapes me, I could see the capacity issue of a carry gun being pushed, but the issue of it having to conceal loses me. If it was a cold range issue, I would think that the concealed firearm would break that rule as well....Hmmm..something to investigate


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    I can only guess that he is referring to prohibited act #1. If they can't see it, they assume you don't have one.

    I was surprised to see it on the new rules list when I was there late last fall.

    Anyways, I OC every time I am there, just purely as protection from the ass hats that tend to show up.


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    Default Re: open carry law at a gun range??

    This is from the PAGC website. It looks like persons using PAGC ranges are limited to 3 cartridges except in the handgun ranges where 6 are allowed.
    The statute also doesn't allow for loaded carry on the range.

    Title 58
    135.181. Rifle and handgun ranges.
    (a) General provisions. In addition to 135.2 (relating to unlawful actions)
    and except as provided in 135.182 (relating to Ranges, State Game Lands No. 176), the following pertain to lands under Commission ownership, lease or jurisdiction, designated as rifle or handgun ranges:
    (1) Rifle and handgun ranges are open from 8 a.m., prevailing time, until
    sunset Monday through Saturday and from 12 noon to sunset Sundays, unless
    otherwise posted; except the Sunday immediately preceding the regular antlered and antlerless deer seasons and the regular bear season, when the hours are 8 a.m. to sunset.
    (7) An individual under 16 years of age may not use the range unless
    accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older.
    (8) The appropriate regional director or designee may close a range by
    posting signs to that effect.
    (b) Prohibited acts. At a rifle and handgun range located on land under Commission ownership, lease or jurisdiction, except when authorized by the appropriate regional director or a designee for military or law enforcement training, it is unlawful to:
    (1) Possess a loaded firearm, except at an established shooting station on
    the firing line
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    (2) Discharge a firearm, except from an established shooting station on the
    firing line at a paper target placed on a permanent target backboard.
    (3) Discharge armor piercing, incendiary, explosive, tracer or multiple projectile
    ammunition.
    (4) Be intoxicated, use or possess an intoxicating beverage or controlled
    substance on the range.
    (5) Possess an automatic weapon.
    (6) Possess, load or discharge a firearm that contains more than three
    rounds of single projectile ammunition, except as provided in subsection (c).

    (7) Shoot clay birds anywhere except areas designated by the Director by
    signs stating that clay bird shooting is permitted.
    (c) Exceptions for a handgun range. At a Commission range specifically designated as a handgun range, it is permitted for an individual to load and discharge a handgun containing a maximum of six rounds of single projectile ammunition at any one time. Other rules and regulations pertaining to shooting ranges under Commission ownership, lease or jurisdiction shall be in effect.

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