FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2013
Contact: Jim Lowney, 908-527-4711


Union County Sheriff’s Office Pistol Range Open to the Public


Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich announced this week the Union County Sheriff’s Office Pistol Range is now open to the public on Sundays.

An orientation/safety course is required for members of the public who would like to use the firearms facility.

The course is designed to inform civilian shooters of the policies and standard operation procedures at the Union County Sheriff’s Office Pistol Range in order to provide the safest environment for recreational shooting. It is not a firearms training course and guns are prohibited.

A valid firearms identification card and a valid form of photo identification are required in order to attend the orientation/safety course which is mandatory for anyone wishing to use the range. Other safety courses or the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Hunter Safety Course do not qualify as substitutes for the range course.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a Union County Sheriff’s Office Pistol Range Safety Card which must be presented during each visit to the range.

The fee for the course and safety identification card is $20 for Union County residents. The fee is $10 for Union County senior citizens and youths between 12 and 17 years old. For non-county residents the fee is $30 and $15 for out-of-county seniors and youths. These fees do not include range time which is $10 per hour. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Union Sheriff’s Office Pistol Range, located at 301 Shunpike Road in Springfield, will be open for public use on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. from March through December.

Shooters must present their Sheriff’s Office Pistol Range Safety Card and must also provide their own targets and ammunition.  Target frames will be provided free of charge. Handguns are not to be greater than .45 in caliber.  Magnum ammunition is not allowed.  Only rifles of .22 caliber may be used.

To make an appointment for the orientation/safety course contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office Pistol Range at (908) 273-1129.

For more information visit ucnj.org/government/sheriff/Pistol-Range.