Gun club in Vancouver Island provincial park sparks anger from nearby residents

Gun club in Vancouver Island provincial park sparks anger from nearby residents

The Cowichan Fish and Game Association says it is dedicated to providing a safe and controlled environment for teaching gun handling and shooting skills. (Gary Solilak/CBC) A group in the Cowichan Valley on southern Vancouver Island wants a gun range located in the region’s provincial park to find another home. The Cowichan Fish and Game Association is a gun club and shooting range in the Cowichan River Provincial Park that operates with a park-use permit issued by B.C. Parks. But the Cowichan River Neighborhood Association is challenging B.C. Park’s decision to issue the permit, which was granted 12 years ago, arguing the gun club is damaging the park. They are concerned about the gun range’s noise, environmental impact and effect on safety in the surrounding area. The neighbourhood association says use of park land for shooting ranges is inconsistent with the Park Act, provincial park regulations, and the Cowichan River 2003 Park Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan. ‘Unacceptable use’ "The shooting ranges should be phased out as soon as possible," said the association in a statement. "Shooting ranges are an unacceptable use of provincial parks and protected areas." Don Cadden, regional director for B.C. Parks, said the permit was issued to the gun club in 2006 after B.C. Parks acquired the gun club’s lease under the condition the club would be allowed to continue shooting range operations. Cadden said B.C. Parks and the gun club are working together to alleviate people’s concerns. "For about the last two years my […]

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