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A reminder regarding discharging a firearm within the Los Padres National Forest. Please note, Winchester Canyon Gun Club follows Forest Order 05-07-00-21-01 to the fullest. 

The discharging of any firearms is only allowed in "DESIGNATED TARGET RANGES". WCGC Rules state that discharging firearms is only allowed in designated firing lines. No discharging of firearms are allowed by law outside of the designated firing lines.

Also, under our permit with the Los Padres National Forest, WCGC shooting ranges will be closed during cultural holidays such as winter and summer solstices and spring and autumn equinoxes. The club also must be closed to all shooting activities from Sunset to Sunrise. 

WCGC acknowledges and adheres to the agreement we have with the Los Padres National Forest. We feel privileged to uphold the agreement. Please help us follow our agreement and help make WCGC a safe place to shoot. 

Please see below for more information from the Los Padres National Forest Order.

Forest Order 05-07-00-21-01 Firearms Prohibition

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following act is prohibited within the Los Padres National Forest. This Order is effective from January 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021.

Discharging a firearm, except in the following designated target ranges:

a. Winchester Canyon Gun Club
b. Ojai Valley Gun Club

36 CFR 261.58(m).

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:

1. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.
2. Persons hunting a legal game bird or mammal are not exempt from the prohibition listed above. However, a person hunting during the open hunting season for a game bird or mammal as specified by the laws of the State of California, and having a valid California hunting license in his or her possession, may discharge a firearm at the legal game bird or mammal.
This prohibition is in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.

A violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559, 3571, and 3581.

Law Enforcement Officers will be strictly enforcing this Forest Order in all areas of the Forest.

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