Town of Huntsville staff and Council are seeking public feedback on the draft Discharge of Firearms Bylaw.
Proposed amendments to the bylaw were reviewed in a staff report presented at the July 27, 2020 council meeting and include:
• Updated definitions. For example, Firearm(s) shall mean a barreled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other projectile can be discharged and that is capable of causing bodily injury or death, and includes air gun, spring-gun, pellet gun or paint ball gun.
• Public safety provisions. For example, bows and cross-bows are included, and are only permitted on properties within designated areas if they have an area in excess of three hectares (7.4 acres).
• The schedules designating prohibited areas have been amended. For example, the straightening of lines so that a single property is not cut in half between permitted and nonpermitted firearm discharge zones, and to clarify that land within 100 metres from the water’s edge on designated lakes is a prohibited area.
• A few new exemptions have been included. For example, a person is permitted to discharge a bow or air rifle within a prohibited area, if the discharge occurs at a competition or educational event which has been sanctioned by the Federation of Canadian Archers, the Ontario Association of Archers, the Ontario Association of Anglers and Hunters, a federally and/or provincially regulated and licensed gun club, trap and skeet club, rifle range, archery range, paintball facility or other facility for the use of Firearms that is in compliance with all applicable
federal, provincial and municipal requirements.
• The discharge of a shotgun or bow for the purpose of hunting or target practice, provided that such discharge occurs between the hours of one half hour after sunrise and one half hour before sunset and on a property with a minimum total area of three hectares (7.4 acres) or greater.
• Inclusion of the subdivision of Woodland Heights within the prohibited area.
To review the components of the draft bylaw, provide feedback or ask a question, residents are asked to visit myhuntsville.ca.
Public feedback will be collected until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020. Public opinion will help to inform the report to be presented to general committee and council.
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