I’ve been thinking about joining the Eastern Nebraska Gun Club for years.
Lane, you remember Trenton, right? He was a member back in the day. Used to go down there with him fairly often. They have a nice setup. Multiple ranges, going out 600 yards.
I’ve got a friend with some property in Elkhorn where I can shoot. But it’s limited to maybe 50 yards, and it’s right next to his house, so you have to be a little careful about when you go there.
Anyway, one of my resolutions going forward is to take my grandsons shooting more often, so I’m in the process of joining the ENGC.
Their membership process is no joke. You have to 1) have a current NRA membership and 2) pass a federal firearm background check.
In Nebraska, you have to have a specially issued permit in order to buy handguns. The permits are issued by the sheriff in your county. The sheriff’s office will run the federal background check before issuing the permit, so having the permit is evidence that you passed the background check. All of which is to say, in order to join the ENGC, you need a purchase permit in order to prove you passed the background check.
(Active duty military and LEO can bypass that requirement by showing their credentials)
I haven’t had a current purchase permit in years. My last one probably expired 15 years ago. (IIRC, they are good for three years at a time.)
So my effort to join the ENGC started with me going to the Douglas County Sheriff’s office this morning and picking up a purchase permit application.
In the past, getting a permit was an “on the spot” deal. But they are all covid’d up, so you have to file your application by mail for the time being.
I go through all that because I read Biden people talking about how they want “common sense gun laws” and such. One of the things that always annoys me about such talk is that it completely ignores the mountain of gun laws that we already have.
To wit: This is the instruction sheet I received in my packet:
And this is the instruction form that came with it:
And this is the application form itself:
Note that the application needs to be notarized, which is something of a PITA.
In addition to spending time with my grandsons, I also have the idea of pursuing precision, long range riflery. That’s something that has long fascinated me, and it seems like it might be fun. And I assume it’s a total rabbit hole. The ENGC has a “High Powered Rifle F-Class Match” scheduled for Saturday morning. I think I’ll go down and check it out.