HOW TO JOIN - NEW MEMBERS
To join, you
must first attend a meeting/show as a guest of one of
our current members. Guest Passes are currently $15 for
the weekend, and individuals are limited to two visits
per life due to security protocols. (If interested you
must join on your 1st or 2nd visit.) Guests are
permitted to buy/sell/trade firearms in compliance with
the law and OGCA rules. Some of the most important
Safety Rules can be found directly below.
Pass Registration forms are provided to members
in advance of each meeting and require the signature
of both the member and the guest. The Guest Pass
must be worn for admission, and can be arranged by
your sponsor by mail, or in person at the meeting.
Along with your Guest Pass you will receive an
Application for Membership.
you must either have two sponsors who
have been in good standing for over one year, or
one sponsor and evidence of a Concealed Carry Permit
(CCW) or Federal Firearm License (FFL) including a
Curios & Relics (C&R) license. Either way, one
sponsor must accompany you when you turn in the
Membership Application at the Applications Desk at
the meeting. Applications are not accepted by mail.
The cost to apply varies since it includes a portion
of dues, but is typically $30 - $40 (waived for
active duty military).
Applicants are Voted in. Your application will
be reviewed by the Screening & Enforcement
Committee. A list of applicants will be mailed to
members for review prior to the vote at the next
meeting. Meetings are held every other month.
If you are not
sure if you know a member who can bring you as a guest,
keep in mind that OGCA has thousands of members. It is
possible that you know a member, but are just not aware
that they’re a member. Our best advice is to ask friends
and acquaintances. If you are friends with your local
gun shop owner, belong to shooting clubs or attend gun
shows or NRA events, these are good places to start. Did
a member mention our website to you?
For a sample
newsletter call (330) 467-5733,
click here to send an
email, or write to our office at "Info" OGCA Business
Office: P.O. Box 670406 Sagamore Hills, OH 44067.
FORMER MEMBERS: HOW TO REJOIN OR BE REINSTATED
The “grace period” to pay dues that expired December 31st
of the previous year runs through March 31 of the
current. Therefore, up until March 31st you
may pay your dues to continue your membership. After
March 31st you can be reinstated by
paying a minimum of three years dues. For example,
after March 31, 2021 members whose dues expired
12/31/2020 can pay 3-years dues ($110) by 12/31/2021 to
be reinstated and continue their membership, keeping
their member number. The new membership expiration date
would be 12/31/2023. This can be done by mail, in
person, by phone or online simply by paying your dues.
Former Members (including those eligible for
reinstatement) can also reapply for membership simply by
repeating the application process for a New Member (as
described above) either with 2 signers on your
Membership Application, or just one sponsor but with
evidence of a CCW or FFL including a C&R license. This
must be done in person with your Guest Pass on and one
sponsor physically present.
Rejoin/Reapply without Sponsorship:
in November 2020, members approved a
designed for Former Members who left in good standing
but no longer has a friend able to come in person to
sponsor them for membership. may re-apply without sponsorship by coming as a guest of OGCA, applying in person and paying membership dues for
the next three years. This new option is designed to
help our many Former Members whose friends are not able
to be physically present to sponsor. To choose this
Contact OGCA in advance to verify that our records
confirm your status as a Former Member. Email
call (330) 467-5733 or write to the OGCA Business
Request a "Former Member 3 Year Dues Application."
Fill it out. Present it at the Business Office desk
in person at a meeting along with $135 (check, cash,
Visa, MC or Discover). We do not accept mail-in
We will process your Guest Pass which is needed for
admission to the meeting hall when you apply.
At the same time, we will process your Membership
Application and apply your 3 years Membership dues.
You will receive a new membership number and go
through the application process.
Fee Break down: if you apply at the January, March,
or May 2021 meeting the $135 paid includes your $15
Guest Pass, $10 application fee and 3-years dues
($110) good through 12/31/2023. If you apply at the
July, September or November 2021 meeting the $135
paid includes the same as above and pays your dues
For a sample newsletter call (330) 467-5733,
click here to send
an email, or write to our office at "Former Member -
Info" OGCA Business Office: P.O. Box 670406 Sagamore
Hills, OH 44067.
Important Safety Rules
Observe all federal firearms laws and
safety rules of OGCA. Every firearm accident is
avoidable and below are some of the most important rules
to know before you go. We want everyone to enjoy their
1) Every firearm must be unloaded and incapable of
discharge of any type of projectile, bullet, etc. This
includes airguns which may not be cocked, or charged
2) No loaded clips or magazines. No loaded CCWs
(Concealed Carry Weapons.)
Unload, deactivate, remove clips and magazines before
you leave home.
3) All firearms/airguns must be tied. Gun ties are
available at the Gun Tie desk $.05 each or 20 for $1.00.
(No one will be denied if you do not have the change.)
4) All firearms brought to the meeting hall must be
presented at the Gun Tie Desk located at the entrance.
If a firearm is taken out of the hall and returns, it
must be reinspected and re-tied at the Gun Tie Desk.
5) Never point a firearm in an unsafe direction - act as
if all guns are loaded.
6) No bows and arrows. No accessories or parts to
simulate full automatic fire.
7)Members are responsible for their Guests and
8) Be aware of your surroundings and read signs. Report
safety concerns to OGCA Security.
9) Cameras, use of cell phone cameras, and recording
devices are prohibited without the permission of the
Rules and Bylaws are subject to
Observe all signage and instructions of security
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