Council give first three readings to new firearms bylaw

Dawson Creek City Council gave the first three readings to a new firearms bylaw that deals more with bows, and repeals and replaces the old one adopted in 1979.

“In 1979, we didn’t see those compound bows and those re-curved bows traveling at the velocity they are now, so this is to capture some of the new types of firearms, and ensure that our bylaw officer has the ability to work with residents and ensure the safety of neighbourhoods and parks,” says CAO Duncan Redfearn.

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The new bylaw comes a result of concerns occuring last summer.

“Over the summer, staff received a number of calls regarding whether the discharge of arrows on personal property was permitted,” writes Kevin Henderson, General Manager of Development Services, in a report to council.

The bylaw will add definitions to define multiple types of firearms and weapons, prohibit the discharge of firearms within city limits unless authorized by the City, add exceptions for special cases when firearms may be discharged, add the requirement of a permit for the discharge of firearms, add requirements for when the discharge of blanks are fired for ceremonial purposes, and prohibit the discharge of longbows and crossbows within City limits unless they are in a facility specially designed to archery industry safety standards or in a temporary space where the owner has documentation from the BC Archery Association confirming that the area aligns with archery safety standards.

According to the report, fines included in the Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw will range from $200 to $750.

The bylaw will come up for adoption at Monday's council meeting. 

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