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LEGAL ACTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LATVIA
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Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No. 840

Adopted 1 November 2011

Regulations Regarding the Establishment and Operation of Shooting Galleries (Shooting Stands) and the Taking Place and Safety of Shooting Practice and Shooting Sports Competitions

Issued pursuant to
Section 33, Paragraph four and Section 34, Paragraph ten of
the Law On the Handling of Weapons and Special Means

I. General Provision

1. This Regulation prescribes:

1.1. the requirements for the establishment and operation of shooting galleries (shooting stands);

1.2. the procedures by which authorisations for the establishment and operation of a shooting gallery (shooting stand) shall be issued and revoked;

1.3. the procedures by which shooting practice and shooting sports competitions shall take place in Latvia, as well as the safety regulations to be observed in shooting galleries (shooting stands).

II. Establishment and Operation of Shooting Galleries (Shooting Stands)

2. A natural person or legal person who wants to establish a first, second or third category shooting gallery (shooting stand) shall set up the shooting gallery (shooting stand) in accordance with the requirements of this Regulation.

3. In establishing a shooting gallery (shooting stand), the safety of people must shall guaranteed, as well as the following shall be included and installed in the shooting gallery (shooting stand):

3.1. a location where the shooting participants remain at the time of shooting (if a non-firearm weapon intended for launching (hereinafter - missile weapon) is used - at the time of launching) and from where the shooting distance is measured (hereinafter - shooting line);

3.2. a location before the shooting line where the shooting participants remain before the shooting exercise and where the change of the shooting participants takes place (hereinafter - shooting position);

3.3. a distance from the shooting line to the target line where stationary fixed targets, moving targets, target mechanisms and structures are laid out or where flying targets will be launched (hereinafter - shooting distance);

3.4. structures, constructions, mounds or surrounding terrain that fully neutralises the kinetic energy of the bullet or another projectile and prevents the ricochet of the projectile (hereinafter - projectile receiver) (except shooting stands designed for shooting flying targets);

3.5. a distance between the shooting line and the projectile receiver. Such distance is crossed by the projectile during the shooting (if a missile weapon is used, by the missile weapon during the launch) (hereinafter - danger zone).

4. The design of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) shall conform to the category of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) depending on the type of the weapons used.

5. Shooting galleries (shooting stands) shall be installed indoors or outdoors. Shooting galleries may be enclosed, partially enclosed or open.

6. Enclosed shooting galleries shall be established in premises with bulletproof walls, ceiling and floor when shooting from a weapon to be used in the shooting gallery of the relevant category.

7. Ventilation system shall be installed in an enclosed shooting gallery. The ceiling height shall be not less than two metres. The shooting gallery shall be equipped with lighting. The lighting shall be installed in a way for the shooting line, the danger zone and the targets to be clearly visible. The danger zone shall have no entrance or, if it does have one, the entrance shall be in such a way that it may be securely locked from the inside and impossible to open from the outside. The length of the shooting distance shall be not less than 10 metres.

8. Partially enclosed shooting galleries shall be established in premises which do not have ceiling above the danger zone, the shooting position being separated from the danger zone by a partition wall with built-in shooting hatches, and which are equipped with projectile interceptors that ensure the interception of an accidental direct shot within the danger zone.

9. For establishment of an open type shooting gallery and shooting stand of a certain category, bulletproof projectile receptors and earth, wooden, concrete or other bulletproof material protective mounds, protective structures or projectile (missile weapon) receptors and barriers shall be used, whereas barriers conforming to the restrictions of the relevant weapon type safety zone shall be used in shooting stands designed for shooting flying targets.

10. A projectile receptor (missile weapon receptor) shall be installed in a first category open shooting stand for shooting (missile weapon launching) in a tree-metre shooting (launching) distance in order to stop a projectile (missile weapon) that misses the target when shot (launched) from the shooting line.

11. A shooting gallery (shooting stand) for the use of low-energy pneumatic weapons shall be established in any closed premises or outdoors by installing a projectile receptor, targets and shooting lines in accordance with the safety requirements (for sporting events - also with competition regulations).

12. If the distance of bow or crossbow shooting (missile weapon launching) exceeds three metres, a first category indoor shooting galleries (shooting stands) shall be established in conformity with the following conditions:

12.1. the shooting gallery has no pillars or protrusions. The wall behind the target line is padded with a material preventing projectile ricochet. If the wall behind the target line has windows, a projectile receptor (missile weapon receptor) shall be installed to stop the projectile (missile weapon) that has missed the target when shot (launched) from the shooting (launching) line (18 metres in case of a sports bow);

12.2. if the danger zone has an entrance, it is arranged so that the entrance can be securely blocked from the inside and impossible to open from the outside;

12.3. the shooting gallery has a uniform lighting and additional lighting aimed at the targets;

12.4. the average air temperature in an enclosed shooting gallery is not lower than 18° C;

12.5. ventilation has been installed according to the applicable standard;

12.6. the ceiling height is not less than three metres;

12.7. the shooting line, the distance and other sectors of the shooting stand are clearly visible and marked.

13. If the distance of bow or crossbow shooting (missile weapon launching) exceeds three metres, a first category outdoor open shooting gallery (shooting stand) shall be established in conformity with the following conditions:

13.1. the shooting stand area is enclosed by fencing, barriers or warning tape. The enclosure shall be placed at least 20 metres from the target line ends (in a 90-metre shooting distance) and in a straight line 10 metres from the shooting line ends or at a distance that the missile weapon that has missed the target cannot reach;

13.2. the enclosure shall be placed not closer than 10 metres behind the shooting position. In a 90-metre archery distance, the enclosure shall be placed so far behind the target line that the spectators are not located closer than 50 metres. Targets placed in a 30-metre shooting distance shall be demarcated by a 110-metre safety zone;

13.3. the safety zone behind the target shields may be replaced with a projectile receiver (missile weapon receiver). In a shooting gallery (shooting stand) where bows are used, the projectile receptor shall be placed so high as to stop the arrows missing the target from a 90-metre distance;

13.4. the shooting line, the distance and other sectors of the shooting stand are clearly visible and marked;

13.5. the shooting (launching) position is at least five metres behind the shooting line;

13.6. if a shooting stand is divided into sectors, they is demarcated by a clearly visible zone of at least five metres in width;

13.7. archery in all sectors takes place from one shooting line, the targets may be placed at a different distance in every sector. Markers indicating the sector length in metres shall be placed on the sides of sectors at the target line ends;

13.8. sectors with longer shooting distances are located to the right from the shorter shooting distances;

13.9. there is a safety zone of at least 20 metres of width between several archery ranges;

13.10. lines drawn at a right angle from the shooting line to the target line form a corridor including one, two or three shields. There is a marked line three metres before the shooting line.

14. Open third category shooting galleries designed for A, B or C category rifled firearms or high-energy pneumatic weapons shall be established in conformity with the following conditions:

14.1. the shooting distance is 10, 25, 50 or 100 to 300 metres;

14.2. the danger zone is delimited by bulletproof protective mounds with the minimum side wall height of at least three metres. The projectile receiver mound height in 25 and 50 metre shooting distances is at least three metres and in 100-300 metre shooting distances at least five metres;

14.3. if the shooting gallery is equipped with bullet interceptors, the projectile receptor mound height in 100-300 shooting distance may be reduced to three metres;

14.4. there are designated safety zones in shooting galleries (shooting stands) not equipped with bullet interceptors. Their length for shooting with short firearms is 500 metres, with long firearms with gauge up to 5.6 millimetres - 1.5 kilometres, with long firearms with gauge from 5.6 to 9 millimetres - 5 kilometres. Laterally the safety zone has a trapezoid shape where the narrowest end is equal with the width of the shooting line and the widest end is equal to a half of the safety zone length;

14.5. during practice shooting or competitions, all roads within the safety zone are under surveillance and enclosed with barriers or fencing. There are no residential houses or buildings where animals are kept within the safety zone.

15. Open second category shooting galleries (shooting stands) designed for B, C or D category smooth-bore firearms with bullet projectiles shall be established in conformity with the following conditions:

15.1. for shooting with gauge 12 to 32 smooth-bore firearms using moving or static targets in a 35 to 50 metre shooting distance, movable target line equipment shall be installed and provided with bulletproof structures and constructions in conformity with the safety requirements (for sporting events - also with competition regulations);

15.2. the minimum height of the end mound (projectile receptor) is three metres, the minimum height of the side mounds of walls is 2.5 metres. If there are no retaining side structures nor bullet interceptors, the length of the safety zone shall be at least 700 metres;

15.3. laterally the safety zone has a trapezoid shape the narrower end of which is equal to the width of the shooting line and the widest being 350 metres wide.

16. Open second category shooting galleries (shooting stands) designed for B, C or D category smooth-bore firearms with pellet projectiles shall be established in conformity with the following conditions:

16.1. for Olympic and sporting shooting using flying targets, where the diameter of pellets does not exceed 2.5 millimetres, the shooting stand safety zone is 200 metres long;

16.2. the safety zone is measured from the maximum angle of each shooting position, the maximum permissible tolerance - up to 10%;

16.3. where the safety zone is not clearly visible within 250 metres, it is demarcated from the remaining area with barriers, fencing or clearly visible safety warnings. The warning shall be placed in locations where people might be present and the distance between the warnings shall not exceed 50 metres.

17. The safety zone of open second or third category shooting galleries (shooting stands) may be reduced if obstacles (such as trees or terrain) that retain the projectiles are present in the zone. The boundaries of the safety zone shall have safety warnings on them during practice shooting or competitions.

18. The shooting gallery (shooting stand) shall be equipped with first-aid kit containing the minimum medical supplies necessary for administering first aid.

19. A description of safety requirements shall be placed in the shooting gallery (shooting stand) where it can be seen by the visitors.

20. The working hours of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) shall be co-ordinated with the local government that issued the autorisation for the establishment and operation of the shooting gallery (shooting stand).

21. If firearms or high-energy pneumatic weapons are used in the shooting gallery (shooting stand), a visitor logbook shall be kept. The logbook shall be numbered, bound together and sealed with the stamp of the legal person and the unit of the State Police that issued the autorisation for the possession of weapons.

22. The natural person and legal person who establishes a shooting range (shooting gallery) shall ensure continuous control of the technical condition and repairs of the weapons, projectile receptors and other structures and equipment of the shooting gallery (shooting stand).

23. Firearms, high-energy pneumatic weapons and ammunition at a shooting gallery (shooting stand) shall be issued to persons in accordance with the procedures laid out in the laws and regulations governing the storage, inventory and issuing of such weapons and ammunition. If members of sports club training groups (teams) or educational institution training groups are under 18 years of age, the weapons and ammunition shall be issued to the shooting sports professionals of such groups.

III. Issuing and Cancelling of an Autorisation for the Establishment and Operation of Second and Third Category Shooting Galleries (Shooting Stands)

24. In order to obtain an autorisation for the establishment and operation of a second or third category shooting gallery (shooting stand), a natural person or legal person shall submit an application (Annex) to the local government. The following information shall be included in the application:

24.1. legal person:

24.1.1. name and unified registration number of the legal person;

24.1.2. legal address, telephone number and electronic mail address;

24.2. natural person:

24.2.1. given name, surname and personal identity number (or date of birth if a personal identity number has not been assigned);

24.2.2. declared place of residence, telephone number and electronic mail address;

24.3. address of the shooting gallery (shooting stand);

24.4. given name, surname and personal identity number (or date of birth if a personal identity number has not been assigned) of the shooting sports professional and the certificate number of the shooting sports professional;

24.5. information regarding the shooting gallery (shooting stand) category and conformity with the requirements stipulated in Chapter II of this Regulation;

24.6. a certification that the person is in possession of an immovable property where the shooting gallery (shooting stand) is to be established.

25. The following documents shall be appended to the application:

25.1. a shooting gallery (shooting stand) plan in scale 1:1000 or 1:2000, marking the location of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) and the adjacent structures and, in case of open and partially enclosed shooting galleries (shooting stands), the location of the shooting stand, the location in the terrain, shooting direction, distance to the nearest objects where the presence of people is possible, the length of the shooting distance, the safety area size, the layout of enclosures, the type of the danger zone enclosure, the type of the projectile receptor and the shooting gallery (shooting stand) use timetable;

25.2. the by-law of the shooting gallery (shooting stand). The following shall be indicated in the by-law:

25.2.1. the procedures for the storage, inventory, issuance, receipt and transfer of the firearms and ammunition;

25.2.2. the procedures for registration of visitors;

25.2.3. the safety requirements;

25.2.4. the procedures for the provision of first aid;

25.2.5. the duties of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) staff and shooting sports professionals;

25.3. other documents that the natural person or legal person finds necessary to attach.

26. The application shall be submitted in printed form or in the form of an electronic document in accordance with the laws and regulations regarding drawing-up of electronic documents.

27. Upon the receipt of the application, the local government shall examine whether it contains all the required information and whether all documents referred to in Paragraph 25 of this Regulation are attached.

28. If the application does not contain all the information required in Paragraph 24 of this Regulation or all the documents referred to in Paragraph 25 of this Regulation are not attached, the local government shall notify the natural person or legal person thereof and determine a deadline to correct the deficiencies detected. If the natural person or legal person fails to submit the required information or documents within the determined deadline, the local government, in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Administrative Procedure Law, shall take the decision to refuse to issue an autorisation for the establishment and operation of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) and shall notify the natural person or legal person thereof accordingly.

29. After receipt of the application the local government:

29.1. shall request within three working days:

29.1.1. from the Construction Board - a statement regarding conformity of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) with the requirements of the laws and regulations in the field of construction, as well as the requirements stipulated in Chapter II of this Regulation;

29.1.2. from the territorial unit of the State Fire and Rescue Service - an opinion regarding the conformity of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) with the fire safety regulations;

29.2. shall review the application and the documents attached thereto.

30. Within five working days after receipt of the opinions referred to in Sub-paragraphs 29.1.1. and 29.1.2. of this Regulation, the local government shall take the decision to issue an autorisation for the establishment and operation of a second or third category shooting gallery (shooting stand) or to refuse to issue an authorisation.

31. The local government shall take a decision to refuse to issue an autorisation for the establishment and operation of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) of the category indicated in the application, if:

31.1. a negative opinion referred to Sub-paragraph 29.1.1. or 29.1.2. of this Regulation has been received;

31.2. the operation of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) may cause harm to the environment.

32. The local government shall notify the natural person or legal person regarding refusal to issue an autorisation for the establishment and operation of a second or third category shooting gallery (shooting stand) in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Administrative Procedure Law.

33. The local government shall issue an autorisation for the establishment and operation of a shooting gallery (shooting stand) for an indefinite period of time. The autorisation shall contain the name and unified registration number of the legal person (for a natural person - the given name, surname, personal identity number or date of birth if a personal identity number has not been assigned), address and category of the shooting gallery (shooting stand), the date of issue and number of the autorisation, as well as the name of the local government that has issued the autorisation.

34. If a natural person or legal person wants to receive an autorisation for the establishment and operation of a second or third category shooting gallery (shooting stand) in the form of an electronic document, the local government shall send the autorisation to the natural person or legal person in the form of an electronic document in accordance with the laws and regulations regarding drawing-up of electronic documents.

35. In cases specified by the Law on the Handling of Weapons and Special Means the autorisation for establishment and operation of a second and third category shooting gallery (shooting stand) shall be revoked by the same local government that issued the autorisation.

36. The local government shall notify the natural person or legal person regarding a decision to cancel the autorisation for the establishment and operation of a second or third category shooting gallery (shooting stand) in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Administrative Procedure Law.

37. The local government shall publish the information regarding the issued and cancelled autorisations on the website thereof within five working days after issuing or cancelling an autorisation.

IV. Practice Shooting and Safety Regulations

38. Practice shooting exercises of sports organisation practice groups (teams) shall take place in organised groups under the supervision of a shooting sports professional - a certified coach (hereinafter - coach) or shooting instructor. Practice shooting in education institutions shall place according to study programmes.

39. A person who wants to shoot a firearm, a pneumatic weapon, a bow, a crossbow, a weapon operated utilising human muscle strength or use projectile non-firearm weapons, shall acquire the safety requirements and the necessary skills of operating with them, their design, operation or role of the components, or use them under the direct supervision of a shooting instructor or coach or at his or her direction.

40. The shooting instructor or coach shall control the adherence of persons to the safety requirements.

41. Practice shooting shall take place in permanent shooting galleries (shooting stands) or temporary shooting stands with the category matching that of the weapon used.

42. A person arriving to the practice shooting with a firearm or high-energy pneumatic weapon, or service firearm shall present the authorisation for the possession or carrying of the weapon to the owner of the shooting gallery (shooting range), the shooting instructor or the coach.

43. A person shall be registered in the log of visitors at the shooting gallery (shooting range), and visits by sports organisation training groups (teams) or education institution training groups shall be recorded in a training and practice log, making corresponding entries.

44. The shooting instructor or the coach shall brief the persons arriving to shooting practice on the regulations and safety requirements of the shooting gallery (shooting stand). A person shall sign to confirm that he or she has understood and undertakes to conform to these requirements. Practice groups shall be briefed on the regulations and safety requirements of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) at least once a month.

45. The personal data and age of a person shall be verified by a request to present a personal identification document.

46. The safety requirements of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) and the instructions by the shooting instructor or coach shall be binding to all persons present at the shooting gallery (shooting stand).

47. The staff of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) shall always maintain the shooting location clean and orderly.

48. Persons under the influence of alcohol, narcotic, psychotropic or other intoxicating substances or in a condition that gives grounds to believe that the person might act inadequately or cause an accidental shot during the use of the weapon are prohibited from handling a weapon. If the shooting instructor or coach has reasonable suspicion that a person is under the influence of intoxicating substances or in a condition where the use of weapon is unsafe, he or she shall not allow to use the weapon.

49. A person may be present in the shooting position and at the shooting line only with the permission from the shooting instructor or the coach. The person shall not leave the received weapon and ammunition unattended or give it t other persons (with the exception of the shooting instructor and the coach).

50. If a person, an animal or unexpected obstacle is present at the target or in the shooting danger zone, it is prohibited to touch the weapon.

51. A person shall perform practice shooting only by a command of the shooting instructor or the coach. A person holding an authorisation for the possession or carrying of a weapon may perform practice shooting independently with the permission of the shooting instructor or the coach, however, approaching target at the end of the practice shooting is only allowed after his or her command.

52. Practice shooting or weapon launching shall be organised so that the person would not endanger himself or hersel or others while using the weapon from different distances. Shooting with short and long weapons (with the exception of low-energy pneumatic weapons) simultaneously in the same shooting sector is prohibited.

53. Not more than four persons may shoot the same target simultaneously using a bow or crossbow. A shooting location, which is not narrower than 80 centimetres, shall be marked on the shooting line for each person. The shooting line shall have markers indicating the centre of each target shield.

54. The weapon for practice shooting shall be loaded while on the shooting line. The weapon shall be directed towards the target, aimed and shot only at the target. A missile weapon shall be launched only in the direction of the target from the shooting (launching) line.

55. It is prohibited to touch the weapons of the adjacent persons.

56. Other persons are prohibited from distracting or otherwise disturbing the person performing the shooting (launching) exercise.

57. All persons shall stop shooting (use of the missile weapon) after a "Stop!" command by the coach given verbally or in another understandable manner and language. After an "Unload!" command given verbally or in another understandable manner and language, the person shall immediately unload, put down and secure the weapon and present the weapon to the shooting instructor or coach without leaving the position at the shooting line.

58. Persons not performing practice shooting or using missile weapon are prohibited from being on the shooting line.

59. It is prohibited to aim or otherwise prepare for the shooting or direct the weapon towards people while not at the shooting line.

60. A person who has ended shooting a firearm or a high-energy pneumatic weapon shall remain at the shooting line until a special command is given and may approach the targets only when a permission of the shooting instructor or coach has been received.

61. A person who has ended shooting a bow or crossbow shall place the bow or crossbow in the shooting position or a specially designated place and may approach the targets only when a permission of the shooting instructor or coach has been received.

62. Upon leaving the shooting line, the person shall ascertain that no ammunition is left in the chamber or the magazine of the weapon. It is prohibited to leave the shooting line if the weapon is ready for firing.

63. Arrows shall be pulled from the shields (targets) one by one and in manner that is safe to the person and those around.

64. The person shall immediately notify the shooting instructor or coach of any circumstances that may endanger the safety of persons.

65. Hearing protection (earmuffs, earplugs) is recommended for the person performing practice shooting and persons near the shooting line. The referred-to hearing protection shall be mandatory for persons under the age of 18.

66. The legal person or natural person who established the shooting gallery (shooting stand) shall ensure continuous collection of cartridge cases and cleanup of the shooting position.

67. The weapons shall be constantly supervised by the person. Under all conditions, the person shall handle the weapon as if it were loaded and ready for firing.

68. If required, the legal person or natural person who established the shooting gallery (shooting stand) shall impose additional safety measures that are binding to te persons present at the shooting gallery (shooting range).

V. Shooting Sports Competitions and Their Safety Regulations

69. Shooting sports competitions (hereinafter - competitions) shall take place only in permanent shooting galleries (shooting stands) or temporary shooting stands.

70. Competitions shall be organised in shooting galleries (shooting stands) meeting the safety requirements in conformity with the competition regulations and the procedures laid down in the laws and regulations governing the organisation and course of sports competitions, the Law On the Handling of Weapons and Special Means and this Regulation. Shooting competitions of any scale are prohibited unless a certified shooting competition judge (hereinafter - competition judge) takes part in refereeing the competition.

71. Competitions in shooting sports disciplines that have approved and published competition regulations may be organised by shooting sports federations approved in accordance with the procedures laid down the Sports Law and their collective members whose by-laws include a respective type of activity, as well as legal persons and natural persons who have been granted the right to use weapons by law, and local governments.

72. The competition regulations shall determine the duties of competition judges, the safety requirements, the regulations for shooting exercise performance, the rights and responsibilities of the participants, the methodology for determination of results, the weapon, ammunition, clothing and equipment control, the procedures for submitting and reviewing appeals, the technical norms of targets and shooting galleries (shooting stands), the provision of medical assistance, the anti-doping control and other aspects.

73. The competition regulations shall be drafted and approved by a shooting sports federation which has been recognised by the Sports Law. The competition regulations shall be available to the public and binding to all participants.

74. The federation of the respective shooting discipline shall be notified regarding planning of competition, and the competition shall be co-ordinated with the local governments. Information regarding competitions shall be published on the Internet at least one month before the competition taking place and in the annual calendar of the Sports Federations Council of Latvia. Inhabitants shall be informed regarding competitions taking place in an open type shooting gallery (shooting stand) through mass media or other means of providing information.

75. Before the competition, the organiser of the competition shall prepare the by-law of the competition and assign the head judge and the head secretary. The by-law of the competition shall be co-ordinated with the federation of the respective shooting sports discipline. The organiser of the competition shall be responsible for conformity with the by-law of the competition.

76. The head judge of the competition shall organise a panel of judges of the competition and ensure the course of the competition in conformity with the by-law of the competition and the competition regulations. The by-law of the competition shall be binding to all coaches, competition judges and other participants or persons referred to in the by-law while the competition takes place.

77. The following information shall be mandatorily included in the by-law of the competition:

77.1. the type, place and time;

77.2. the management and participants;

77.3. the objective and task for the participants;

77.4. the programme;

77.5. the security.

78. The organiser of the competition shall send the by-law of the competition to the participants not later than 10 days before the competition or not later then one month before the competition in case of national competitions.

79. The head judge of the competition shall ensure the organisation of the competition in conformity with the by-law of the competition, the safety requirements and the competition regulations.

80. The participants shall be applied before the competition by sending an application to the organiser of the competition. The application shall include the given name, surname, year of birth of the participant and the intended shooting disciplines, as well as the leader of the sports team who organises the participation of the sports team alongside coaches and is responsible for conformity with the competition regulations and the by-law of the competition.

81. The sports organisation shall transport the firearms registered in its ownership, their ammunition and high-energy pneumatic weapons to the competition using separate vehicles and issue them to the sportspersons in conformity with the procedures laid down in the laws and regulations governing the storage, inventory and transportation thereof.

82. The leader of the sports team shall explain the by-law and safety requirements to the members of the sports team. The participants sign to confirm that they have become acquainted with these requirements. Individual participants sign to confirm that they have understood the by-law of the competition and the safety requirements at the location of the competition.

83. An application by a sports team shall be submitted to the competition judge panel on the day of the competition. Participants applying for the competition shall be registered indicating their given name, surname and year of birth.

84. The competition judges shall control the conformity with the safety requirements by persons.

85. If required, a participant shall present the weapon to the competition judge panel for inspection before the competition. The owner of the weapon shall be responsible for the conformity of the weapon with the technical regulations.

86. The organiser of the competition shall:

86.1. ensure the inspection of the shooting gallery (shooting stand) and all equipment (including weapons storage locations) in conformity with the requirements stipulated in the by-law of the competition and the relevant laws and regulations governing the storage and use of firearms, ammunition and high-energy pneumatic weapons;

86.2. organise the elimination of the deficiencies found in the inspection referred to in Sub-paragraph 86.1. of this Regulation;

86.3. ensure the presence of a medical pracitioner during the competition and carry out the doping control of the sportspersons, if required;

86.4. record the violations of the by-law and competition regulations;

86.5. ensure the conformity with the by-law of the competition and safety requirements.

87. Competition judges and other persons serving the competition shall have certain distinguishing marks (armbands, patches or badges).

88. The weapons may only be removed from the holsters, bags, covers or boxes once the shooter has been called to the shooting line and only in the places designated for shooting (shooting position).

89. Practice without cartridges shall be permitted only in designated places.

90. Only participants performing the shooting exercise and competition judges shall be present at the shooting position.

91. A participant shall only use a properly functioning weapon that cannot be shot accidentally. The weapon shall be pointed only in the direction of the target.

92. The weapon shall be loaded with only such number of cartridges that are to be shot in the respective exercise or series. It is prohibited to take more shots than it is intended for the exercise or the series. It is prohibited to use round bullets when shooting at a moving target.

93. It shall be permitted to take a shot only after a command by the competition judge and the appearance of a target (stand, sporting or moving targets) according to the regulations of the respective sports discipline.

94. During the exercise, the participant shall be permitted to let the weapon out of hands (put down) only if the weapon has been discharged, firearm bolts are open and break-actions are open.

95. It is prohibited to touch weapons and magazines if a person or an animal is in front of the shooting line. It is prohibited to touch a weapon and ammunition of another person, except by a competition judge with the permission of the shooter.

96. If a person or an animal appears in the danger zone or a hazardous situation arises, the competition judge or another person who notices that shall immediately give the command "Stop!", "Unload!" verbally or in another understandable manner and language. If there is no command, the participant shall individually stop shooting, discharge the weapon and report it to the competition judge.

97. Upon having completed the last shot of the exercise or after the command "Stop!", "Discharge!" given verbally or in another understandable manner and language, the participant shall disconnect the weapon magazine (if any), discharge the weapon and present it to the competition judge. If the cartridge does not fire when the shot is taken, the weapon shall be kept pointed towards the target and the problem reported to the competition judge.

98. The participants shall not leave the weapons unattended and shall clean them at designated location. The weapon may be moved from the shooting position only with the permission from the competition judge.

99. A smoothbore weapon that is removed from the packaging shall be held and moved with break-action open. In stand and sporting shooting, when changing positions, the weapon shall be discharged and the break-action open.

100. If required, the organiser of the competition and the head competition judge shall determine additional safety measures binding to the persons present at the competition location.

VI. Closing Provision

101. Cabinet Regulation No. 565 of 14 October 2013, Procedures for the Issuing of an Autorisation for the Establishment and Operation of Shooting Galleries (Shooting Stands) and the Use of Shooting Galleries (Shooting Stands) (Latvijas Vēstnesis, 2003, No. 145; 2005, No. 111, 144; 2008, No. 202; 2009, No. 98, 165, 204), is repealed.

Prime Minister V. Dombrovskis

Minister for the Interior R.Kozlovskis

 

Annex
Cabinet Regulation No. 840
1 November 2011

Sample Application
for the Receipt of a Local Government Autorisation for the Establishment and Operation of a Second or Third Category Shooting Gallery (Shooting Stand)

 
  (the name of the local government)

The applicant (natural person):

Given name  
Surname

Personal identity number       -      or

Date of birth   .   .     .

Declared place of residence  
Phone number
Electronic mail address

The applicant (legal person)

Name  
Uniform registration number
Legal address
Phone number
Electronic mail address

Application

Please issue an autorisation for the establishment and operation of a second/third* category shooting gallery (shooting stand).

Address of the shooting gallery (shooting stand)  
Given name, surname of the shooting sports specialist

Personal identity number       -      or

Date of birth   .   .     .

Certificate number of the shooting sports specialist  

Information regarding the shooting gallery (shooting stand) category and conformity with the stipulated requirements:

I append the following to the application (mark as appropriate):

shooting gallery (shooting stand) plan in scale of 1:1000 or 1:2000
the by-law of the shooting gallery (shooting stand)
other document   (copy)
  (indicate which)  
    (copy)
  (indicate which)  

Certification of the Applicant

I certify that the immovable property where the shooting gallery (shooting stand) is to be established is in my ownership (possession).

(given name, surname of the applicant) (signature**)

_______. ___. _____________

Notes.

1. * Delete the unnecessary category of the shooting gallery.

2. ** The detail of the document "signature" shall not be completed if the electronic document has been drafted in accordance with the laws and regulations regarding the drawing up of electronic documents.

Minister for the Interior R.Kozlovskis

 


Translation © 2014 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Cabinet of Ministers Type: regulation Document number: 840Adoption: 01.11.2011.Entry into force: 05.11.2011.End of validity: 01.01.2020.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 175, 04.11.2011.
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