Application for Association membership is quite straightforward.
However, in common with most things relating to firearms ownership,
there are formalities to be observed. The Association is constrained
by, and complies with, the guidelines issued by the Home Office for
membership and membership application.

Getting Started
The first step should be to attend a suitable range meeting. The application process requires that the applicant be proposed by an existing member, and supported by an Association official – traditionally, a Range Officer or Range Secretary – so a visit is really an essential first step. The Association has a number of ranges around the East and South-East, and there is usually a meeting somewhere most weekends. Full details of the current meeting schedule may be found under ‘shooting dates‘. If the applicant is already known to an existing member then that makes it easy. If not, then simply call a member of the committee through the Contacts page and arrange a suitable time and place. Each range has a presiding Range Officer who will be pleased to take potential new members through the procedure and will supply any necessary forms. Normally, the Association would require a new applicant to serve a probationary period of six months. During this time, the applicant would be expected to attend meetings and generally demonstrate good practice and safety on the range. When the probationary period is complete, and the Range Secretary is satisfied with the applicant’s record, then Full membership of the Association may be offered. The full Membership Guidelines may be found in “membership guidelines”.

Note that this probationary period may be waived at the discretion of the committee for suitably qualified applicants. Ordinarily, this waiver would apply to experienced shooters, with previous club membership(s) and those with current firearm certificates.

Membership Types
Association membership may fall into one of several possible variants. Full Membership would be the norm for most applicants. This permits attendance and shooting at all Association ranges (subject to any local restrictions) for the remainder of the membership year. Full Members have voting rights in the Association and receive the Association periodical, The Primer. Those reaching the age of 65 or over (Senior Members) may be offered full membership at a reduced rate. Applicants may also elect to take Life membership for a single payment of ten times the full annual fee.

In addition, the Association offers a Family membership to the spouse or partner and to children under eighteen of a Full Member. Family Members may attend and shoot on Association ranges under the supervision of their respective Full Member. Young persons under the age of eighteen not directly qualifying as Family members may be proposed for Junior membership. This allows them to attend and to shoot on Association ranges, again under the supervision of the Proposing Member. The Association has a long-standing policy of encouraging young persons to engage in the shooting sports. To this end, the fees for Family and Junior memberships are heavily discounted.

A Corresponding (Non-Shooting) Membership is open to anyone who wishes to support and take an interest in the Association but not attend Association ranges. Corresponding Members have full voting rights in the Association and receive the Association periodical.

Fees for the period 1st April 2015 – 31 March 2016 (to be confirmed)

Full Membership £70 (Jersey residents £40)
Senior (over 64) £35
Life £700
Family £5
Junior £5
Corresponding £15

Note that fees for new Full membership applications are discounted pro-rata for the remainder of the membership year, which runs from April 1st to March 31st. Applicants should therefore submit one-twelfth of the annual fee shown for each remaining month or part-month from date of application to March 31. For example, an application for Full Membership (Annual fee £70) during September would require a fee covering the remaining seven months, i.e. 7 x £5.83 = £40.83. All other memberships incur the full annual fee at any time.

If there are any queries arising from the above, or if we can provide any further information regarding the application process, please contact a committee member at the email address provided.

Vintage Arms Association, Rifle and Pistol Shooting