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Quantico Shooting Club members and their guests are all guests on a military installation and are subject to its rule and regulations. The following information outlines firearm transportation and other rules that apply while visiting a military installation. Read the information carefully and remember that ignorance of the law is no defense.
Transport Firearms and Ammunition Aboard Marine Corps Base, Quantico
Marine Corps Base, Quantico (MCBQ) is a U.S. Military Installation and Federal law applies. Like all military installations, MCBQ takes force protection seriously and all personnel are subject to their rules and regulations. The Marines are very professional and do not interfere with those who follow the rules.
Firearms Transport rules for private citizens, military personnel, and law enforcement are found in MCBQ Order 8000.1A (please click the link, read/download/print for your use) and the Provost Marshall Standard Operating Procedure. This authority requires that all personnel ensure that:
- All firearms are CASED and UNLOADED
- A cased firearm must not be readily accessible in the vehicle
- Ammo must be as far away from a cased firearm as possible; ammo should be cased, if practicable, and not readily accessible
- All magazines must be unloaded
Prohibitions of Carrying Firearms or Weapons Open or Concealed onto Federal Installations
As with each citizen’s right to bear arms, there are limits when and where to bear arms. Extreme caution and prudent judgment must be used when deciding to carry a personal firearm or weapon so you must know the law. Virginia concealed carry permits DO NOT apply on MCBQ or any military installation. Before attempting to enter the military installation you must ensure you are in full compliance with the firearms transport rules.
The law involving carrying a firearm or weapon onto federal property is specific and clear. Possession of Firearms and Dangerous Weapons in federal facilities, buildings, or Installations is illegal and is in violation of Section 930, Title 18, United States Code. Law Enforcement personnel, when entering federal facilities, buildings and/or installations must identify themselves prior to entry if armed. Military reserve personnel whose civilian profession require the carrying of a weapon, openly or concealed, are not authorized to carry or bring their duty weapon on a federal installation, into a federal building, or facility. Full time civilian police officers performing drill, annual training, or while in support of an operation, may not bring their duty weapon, open or concealed, onto a federal installation, into a federal building, or facility. Unless the carrying of a concealed weapon is in support of a federal mission, or so directed, weapons will not be brought onto a federal installation, into a federal building or facility.
The following is a list of items that are listed as illegal and may not be carried onto a federal installation or into a federal facility or building.
- Firearms (of any type unless declared and cleared by the installation Provost Marshal)
- Explosive Weapons
- Machine Guns
- Short Barreled Firearms
- Switchblade Knives
- Armor Piercing Ammunition
- Chemical Dispensing Devices
- Zip Guns
- Clubs or Night Sticks
- Illegal Knives
There are NO regulations preventing the use of suppressors aboard MCBQ ranges. However, shooters must comply with all applicable state and federal regulations to possess, transport, and utilize suppressors.
Source: Defense Link - http://www.defenselink.mil/
QSC Members, Guests, Rec-fire, and Sanctioned Matches
Civilian shooting clubs aboard active military bases have steadily been increasing and QSC is no different. This year we moved towards pre-registration and now there are new and increased security measures for civilians as follows:
- Members: Along with the yearly liability waiver there is a requirement to have a QSC Qualification to Posses Firearms and Ammunition form on file.
- Guests must be accompanied by a member with the following caveats:
- If the guest is using the members weapon only the liability waiver is necessary.
- If the guest is using his/her weapon then the liability waiver and QSC Qualification to Posses Firearms and Ammunition form are necessary. This form needs to be on file with the club 5 days prior to using any ranges. Vetting will be done.
- Match participants (who are not members or accompanied by a member) are allowed for sanctioned matches only.
- A pre-registration form is required 5 days prior to the event and all pre-registration shall close 5 days
- A liability waiver will be required 5 days prior to the event
- QSC Qualification to Posses Firearms and Ammunition form will be required 5 days prior to the event.
- For the above classes of participants, both forms are good for one year.
Consent to Search
Commanders of military installations, aircraft, or vessels may authorize personnel to conduct searches of persons or property upon entry to or exit from the installation, aircraft, or vessel. The justification for the search is the need to make sure the security, military fitness, or good order and discipline of the command is maintained. Any person and their property entering MCBQ is subject to search.
ID check on arrival
All personnel arriving through any of the security check point gates will be asked to provide appropriate identification. To hasten your time, it is encouraged that you have your identification ready to show the guard. The Marines are very professional and courteous. Every guest should follow this conduct.