Well, knowing that possession of loaded magazine with unloaded firearm is okay, I am much more comfortable with the situation. It's not just events like this that I was considering, but other use of the club when there are fewer people around.
I'm not sure what your point was about "keep your gun unloaded unless you are using it" - I was speaking of keeping my self defense weapon on me in the condition it always stays - +1 and ready for use. It just seemed odd to me that during IDPA one is not allowed to have their BUG remain loaded and concealed, and during normal shooting (trap, skeet, etc) I must unload my pistol which normally remains loaded and holstered. It seems to be adding the third thing, me handling the gun, into a situation that shouldn't require it (i.e. when I'm at the range to use a shotgun to shoot clay).
I never said it stepped on my sense of freedom or anything else like that (you and Magix seem to be putting words into my post), just that it seems odd to me.
*edit* Of course, I would like to thank you for putting this stuff together. I'm not meaning to piss on your event, as I think it's great you're doing it. I was just confused and wondering why, in general, the cold range policy applies when it effectively means I'm having to handle the firearm more than necessary. Hopefully I'll be able to make one of the events, as they do look like fun.