Draft Discharge of Firearms By-law

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Draft By-Law Review

The Town of Huntsville is looking for feedback regarding the Draft Discharge of Firearms By-law in Huntsville. View the components of the new Draft Discharge of Firearms By-law.

The Town of Huntsville is looking for feedback regarding the Draft Discharge of Firearms By-law in Huntsville. View the components of the new Draft Discharge of Firearms By-law.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Ask us a question about the Draft Discharge of Firearms By-law and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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    What happened that the town of Huntsville is implementing these bylaws? 7.4 acres? Really? My son can’t shoot pop cans in our backyard with his BB gun? Slowly our Canadian freedom is being taken away from us! Come on Huntsville! I’d like to know who’s idea this whole thing is so that I know how to vote next term!

    Huntsville resident asked 3 months ago

    At the direction of Council, staff have been reviewing and updating bylaws including the Discharge of Firearms Bylaw. Much of the DRAFT bylaw is up for discussion. We have made note of your concerns. 

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    Why are air gun, spring gun, pellet gun and paintball included as firearms in this DRAFT By-Law. By definition these are not Firearms. Why do these need to be controlled in the same manner as true Firearms.

    kzytaruk asked 3 months ago

    Air, spring, pellet and paint ball guns are in the DRAFT by-law,  These items will be up for discussion pending feedback from the public.

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    Why is there a need to change the existing By-Law.

    kzytaruk asked 3 months ago

    Several years ago Town Council asked for all by-laws to be reviewed

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    Could you share the statistics that support the perceived need for the new bylaw please? Specifically, how many casualties, injuries, and property damage has been done by the presently legal use of the firearms in the areas that are to be regulated? I am trying to understand the motivation behind this bylaw. This would make teaching grandkids proper gun safety skills, and plinking some cans with them , even with a pellet gun or paintball gun, illegal, and criminalize such behaviour... I feel this bylaw is just another overreach by our government that has no basis in real factual evidence of need. Correct me if I’m wrong. Thanks

    Ernie asked 3 months ago

    This is not a new by-law, we are looking for public input on a DRAFT by-law to replace the existing Discharge of Firearms By-law at the request of Council.

    The Town of Huntsville does not have any statistics as to incidents in the areas to be regulated as any incidents would have been reported to police to which the Town is not privy to.

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    So according to the fish and wildlife act, will hunting be allowed on a lot of less than 7.5 acres with a shotgun And bow? For deer or other game?

    Ernie asked 3 months ago

    Under the DRAFT by-law, the discharge of a firearm during hunting season, will be required to be on a lot equivalent to 3 hectares or 7.4 acres. The prohibition is for properties within the boundaries as shown on the maps of the draft bylaw. 

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    Why is Fox Lake excluded from the restrictions? It is nearly identical in size to nearby Lake Waseosa, which is included in the restrictions.

    mcc asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We will be sure to keep this in mind when reviewing the draft by-law.

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    So how can people go duck or goose hunting from their property on a lake shore? What about deer hunters that can currently hunt on their property that is less than the 7.5 acres, or close to a lake shore?

    Ernie asked 3 months ago

    A person discharging a shotgun or bow when lawfully hunting as per the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 41 or the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, S.C. 1994, c. 22 is exempt as per section 3.1(h)

    AS per the DRAFT by-law the property being used for deer hunting is required to more than 7.5 acres.

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    I want to confirm the firearm discharge restrictions proposed apply only within the areas indicated on the Schedules / Maps attached to the proposed bylaw. I reside in the Town on Stephenson Rd 2 East which is outside the schedule areas. I assume the proposed bylaw will not affect land owners outside of the indicated areas. I am also concerned with the incrementalism this bylaw initiates, I own 4 Acres outside of the Schedule areas but believe the 7 Acre requirement within the Schedule areas is too much. A suitable backstop provision included in the proposal should be sufficient to allow firearm discharge on smaller properties.

    Steven D Ball asked 3 months ago

    Yes, the DRAFT restrictions as indicated are within the boundaries on the Maps labeled A-1 to A-8.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We will be sure to keep this in mind when reviewing the draft by-law.

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    So your telling me unless I own 7 plus acres I can’t shoot on my property

    Craigmac asked 3 months ago

    Yes, as the DRAFT is currently written a property owner would need 7.4 acres.

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We will be sure to keep this in mind when reviewing the draft of the Discharge of Firearms By-law

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    1.These laws are within the area that is known as the town of huntsville.? 2.What about Chaffey Ward? 3.What area is considered the town of Huntsville?

    Raven asked 3 months ago

    The DRAFT By-law includes Chaffey Ward.

    The area considered the Town of Huntsville (Corporation of the Town of Huntsville) can be seen in map #A-8.