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Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) - MCP Range Safety Rules

The Montgomery County Police Department is proud to provide LEOSA training for our retired police officers. We look forward to a safe and enjoyable day and ask that you adhere to the following rules to ensure your safety.

  • Please unload all firearms prior to your arrival at the range.
  • Please do not bring a weapon that you have never shot before. You should be very familiar with the handgun you are shooting.
  • Make sure your handgun is well oiled and in excellent working condition.
  • Handgun must be a .38/.357 caliber revolver (five shot revolvers are allowed).  Semi-automatics can be 9mm, .40 S&W, and/or .45ACP only.
  • Must bring at least 60 rounds per gun (in case you need to re-shoot a course of fire).  Acceptable calibers of ammunition include .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.
  • Strong hand belt holster for the handgun – no shoulder holsters, fanny packs, cross-draw holsters or ankle holsters.  The holster must cover the trigger.
  • Do not come to the training if you have been drinking any alcoholic beverages or if you are taking medication that can make you drowsy.
  • You must be able to shoot in the kneeling position.
  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Never allow a firearm exchange hands unless the slide/action bolt is open and locked to the rear and made safe.
  • Ear and eye protection will be worn by all personnel during firing.
  • All shooters must wear long pants with a belt.  No shorts or sweat pants.  Dress for the weather as all shooting is outdoors.
  • Smoking is not allowed on the firing lines, in the classroom building, or in firing towers.  Smoking is allowed in the parking lot area only.
  • No talking on the firing line.
  • Dry firing is not authorized except under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Fingers will be kept off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until the weapon is on target.
  • All weapons and ammunition must be approved by the Range Supervisor or a Range Staff member before any firing on the range.
  • Only designated targets will be fired upon.
  • Never leave the firing line without first unloading and making your firearm safe and checking with a range instructor.
  • Firearms will be pointed down range and/or in a safe direction at all times.  A safe direction is defined as down range or in a direction that should an accidental discharge occur little or no property damage or human injury would result.
  • While on the range, personnel will only load their weapons when instructed to do so, and fire only upon command from the instructor.  Firearms will be loaded with the muzzle pointed down range.
  • Any participant in training has the authority to order a cease-fire immediately upon observing an unsafe act or procedure.
  • Never move in front of the firing line until a command has been given to do so.
  • In case of a misfire/malfunction, keep the firearm pointed down range and notify a range instructor.
  • Anyone violating range rules will be asked to leave.



Montgomery County Department of Police · J. Thomas Manger, Chief
Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive · Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Non-emergency: 301.279.8000
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