CFO Rules

If you have handguns you must be a full time member, year round of a shooting club. As per request from the CFO we open membership in December for the new shooting season. We report your status to the CFO as a member in good standing on January 3rd.

Your club membership card is your firearm transportation permit from your home to Madran shooting range ONLY. For all other travel you must phone to CFO for a time sensitive TRANSPORTATION PERMIT

Short version by club: If you have handguns you must be a full time member, year round of a shooting club. As per request from the CFO we open membership in December for the new shooting season. We report your status to the CFO as a member in good standing on January 3rd. (Click for the detailed version.)

License Renewal

On renewal of a firearms license (every five years as required by law) and in accordance with subsection 67(2) of the Firearms Acta CFO is required to review and confirm the purpose for which an individual possesses restricted or prohibited firearms, except for firearms which are relics as set out in subsection 67(4).

Allowable purposes for possession, under paragraph 28(b) of the Firearms Act, include:

a) target practice or target shooting competition (under certain ATT conditions or at an approved shooting club or range); or

b) to form part of a gun collection, if the individual meets certain criteria. As part of the confirmation of purpose, the CFO “…shall decide whether any of those firearms or handguns that the individual possesses are being used for…” target practice or competition or collection.

Further, the CFO has the authority under subsection 15(1) of the Shooting Clubs and Shooting Ranges Regulations to request written confirmation from a shooting club or range of “…the participation, if any, of a current or past member…of the shooting club…in target practice or target shooting competitions within the previous five years…”

The CFO is able to confirm the purpose for which an individual indicated he or she was acquiring the firearm by looking at an individual’s history of ATT issuance over the term of their license (for target practice) and, if necessary, by reviewing the records kept by a club or range.

Club members should also be reminded to carry their current membership cards on them at all times while transporting firearms to the shooting range or shooting events.

Restricted / Prohibited (12(6)) Membership lists:

  • Information must be submitted following these guidelines that will expedite firearm transfers and firearms license renewals for your members.
  • A full membership list of the clubs restricted / prohibited 12(6) firearm users is required to be submitted at the beginning of the year. Please clearly identify the restricted / prohibited 12(6) firearm users Lists should include members name, date of birth and firearms license number.
  • An updated membership list showing only the new members can be sent on a weekly or monthly basis thereafter.


A six-month extension period for the five-year firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) came into force by Order in Council on November 30, 2017. If your license expired on or after November 30, 2017, and you are within six months of its expiration date, you can renew your license either online or by submitting a paper application. Information on how to renew a firearms license is available on the Canadian Firearms Program website or by calling the Program at 1-800-731-4000.

RANGE RULES (CFO Requirements / Obligations – 2020)

  1. The Range Operator(s) are responsible for enforcing all operating conditions as noted below.
  2. It is the responsibility of the Range Operator(s) to ensure compliance with section 6 of the Shooting Clubs and Shooting Ranges Regulations.
  3. The approved operational hours of this range are from dawn to dusk. No night time shooting permitted.
  4. Range Operator(s) shall post a copy of the range safety rules, appropriate to the nature of shooting activities that may take place, in a conspicuous place on every range where shooting will take place.
  5. The Range Operator(s) must ensure that all users of the range comply with the range operating Instructions. 
  6. The Range Operator(s) and members shall comply with the Shooting Clubs and Shooting Ranges Regulations.
  7. In accordance with section 5 (e) of the Shooting Club and Shooting Ranges Regulations, if more than one person is simultaneously engaged in shooting activities on the shooting range, a person must act as the range safety officer.
  8. The Range Operator(s) shall establish and maintain a shooting record book and document the dates, use and names of persons using this range.
  9. The Range Operator(s) shall maintain a clearly visible, posted and marked or cut perimeter around the range to warn anyone approaching from any direction of the potential hazard.
  10. Warning signs must be installed, visible and well maintained.  At a minimum, there shall be a main facility sign noting the location and civic number and a range status warning system (flag or lights).
  11. Use of eye and ear protection is mandatory on the range when shooting is taking place.
  12. The Range Operator(s) shall report any injury incurred on the range as the result of the discharge of a firearm, to the police forthwith, and to the Chief Firearms Officer within 30 days, in accordance with section 11 of the regulations.
  13. The use of targets containing incendiary properties of any kind is not authorized due to risk of fire.
  14. When performing magazine changes or remedial actions, the person operating the firearm shall ensure the muzzle does not point above the backstop or berms.
  15. Targets shall not be placed on top of the backstops and the center of the target shall not be more than 1.5 meters above the range floor.
  16. Targets shall not be placed on the range floor to be shot at and shall not be positioned so that projectiles shot at the targets will strike the range floor.
  17. The range shall be kept clean of debris and materials liable or likely to cause ricochet.
  18. All backstops, berms and/or baffles shall be kept well maintained.  Wear, damage and erosion shall be repaired in a timely manner.
  19. Any changes to the existing operating conditions that this approval has been based upon shall be made in writing to the Chief Firearms Officer prior to the change taking effect.
  20. Where the Range Operator(s) enters into agreements or MOU’s allowing another shooting club, a business, a law enforcement/public agency or their guests to use this shooting range, there shall be written rules in place that describe and govern the activities (courses of fire) that will take place on the shooting range.
  21. Copies of all such agreements and/or rules SHALL be provided to the Chief Firearms Officer to ensure the activity will not exceed the criteria upon which this approval is based.  Public Officers are not exempt from the conditions for use of this range.
  22. The Range Operator(s) shall notify, in writing, the Chief Firearms Officer of any changes to the Range Executive within 30 days of the change.  The notification shall include new telephone numbers and mailing address.
  23. The Range Operator(s) shall maintain valid/current (un-interrupted) insurance coverage for the duration of the approval period.
  24. The Range Operator(s) of this shooting range shall submit to the New Brunswick Provincial Firearms Office up-to-date copies of the documents set out in paragraphs 3(2)(a) to (c) in accordance with Sections 9 and 10 as well as evidence of its continuing compliance with the requirements referred to in paragraphs 3(2)(d) to (g) of Sections 5 and 8 of the Shooting Clubs and Shooting Ranges Regulations on or before July 30th, 2023.
  25. At the discretion of the Chief Firearms Officer, this shooting range may be inspected to ensure continued compliance with the requirements referred to in the Shooting Clubs and Shooting Ranges Regulations and to maintain public safety requirements.
  26. The use of exploding targets is not authorized on this shooting range.
  27. The use of metal targets is not authorized on this shooting range, without written approval from the Chief Firearms Officer.