In 2005 the membership of the Touchet Gun Club voted to sell it’s property and range, in part due to a lack of interest in recent years. We were sad to see it go, but would like to keep the hope alive that one day we might again have an active range in our community. The proceeds of the sale went to the Touchet Educational Foundation, something everyone voted on unanimously. We are very proud of that donation.
Much of our reasoning for having a gun club in Touchet is to pass on this tradition in our heritage to our youngsters. When we are old it will be today’s youth that decides our gun rights. We would also like the youngsters to be able to participate in many of the exciting and rewarding programs that are out there. In order to participate in many of these programs we need to have an established shooting team. That requirement has some pretty inflexible standards for us. Any shooting team would need a state chartered parent organization to become an accredited shooting team. The Washington State Rifle and Pistol Association will only accredit corporations within the boundaries of the state. WSRPA is the authority for gun clubs to be recognized by the Civilian Marksmanship Program at Camp Perry. And finally after accreditation and recognition of the team the final approval for most events comes from the NRA.
In addition, the Future Farmers of America has both a regional and state Trap and Skeet competition for high school students. Currently the Touchet students that are interested have no range to practice at. Competitions, including the award of the Excellence in Competition Matches, National Trophy Rifle and Pistol matches have significant monetary reward at regional, state and national levels. The Boy Scouts and 4-H also have marksmanship programs. They also afford tremendous financial support in the form of scholarships for college bound students.
Because the Touchet Gun Club Corporation’s charter was enacted prior to 1955, there is a grandfather clause in the current statue that would allow a non-profit corporation to function without the tremendous liability insurance. Insurance is still required, but the amount is more reasonable and is based on the number of members and dates of activity, rather than just the facility, which is the case for any new gun club.
We are also looking for a shooting range. If you know of property in the Touchet area that could be used for a shooting range, please use our contact form. We are looking at long-term leases, low-cost financing, or parcel donations. We are a registered non-profit corporation in the State of Washington and there are tax benefits for donating.
Additionally, we are always interested in receiving donations of equipment or supplies that help to encourage the shooting sports. We are a very small club and your contribution, no matter how small it may seem to you, will be very enthusiastically received.
Thank you for your time and please enjoy your visit.
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