Here's an example. One general safety rule for all the ranges is that if anyone is going downrange, to change targets for example, everyone on that range has to clear their firearms, put them down on the bench and step away. No one is to handle firearms, ammo, or magazines while anyone is forward of the line. Seems simple enough, right?
What constitutes a safe weapon? How detailed does it need to be? We ended up with this:
6. Prior to anyone going downrange, all firearms should be cleared, made safe, and grounded on the bench.
a. Clearing a firearm and making it safe means all ammunition has been removed, removable magazines are out of the firearm, the action, bolt, or cylinder is open, and it is laid on the bench in such a manner that the safe condition of the firearm can be seen without touching the firearm.
b. While anyone is downrange, DO NOT handle firearms, magazines or ammo for any reason.
c. If you arrive at a range and people are downrange, do not unpack or handle your firearms, magazines or ammo until all people downrange return. Likewise, if you wish to leave a range, do not collect or handle your firearms, magazines or ammo while there are people downrange.
I think part c. is redundant, but other felt that it was important to leave that in. We talked about requiring empty chamber flags like the Garand Matches require, whether or not it was necessary to remove magazines if the firearm was already clearly empty with the action open, and so on.
If making laws is anything like this, no wonder they get so muddled up.