Monday, March 2, 2015

RCMP look to shut down illegal shooting range near Highway 16

The Prince Rupert RCMP is looking for the assistance of the public in bringing to an end an unsafe practice not far from Highway 16, near Port Edward.

In recent days, members of the detachment have investigated concerns related the unauthorized used of firearms just outside of the urban areas of the community.

In a media release on Monday, the local detachment outlined how an area just off of Highway 16 is being used as an illegal gun range, a situation that the RCMP would like to bring to an end as quickly as possible.

While we understand that community members have used this area for shooting practice for a very long time we feel that in order to ensure public safety, the community must be made aware that this area is not a designated shooting facility ...We would also like to advise that there is a fully authorized shooting club within Prince Rupert’s municipal boundary that can be used for shooting practice and other designated shooting activities. -- Constable Matt Ericson, Prince Rupert RCMP

Below are two maps that put the location of the illegal shooting range into perspective, the first is an overview of location identified by the RCMP, relative to Port Edward and Prince Rupert.

The second a more centralized view as to where off Highway 16 the site is located.

Red marker indicates location of illegal
gun range related to Prince Rupert and Port Edward
Larger overview of location of illegal gun range
found just off highway 16 heading towards Port Edward

As part of their information release, the RCMP reminded residents of the region of the various regulations that are in effect when it comes to the discharge of a firearm in the area in question.

You can review those notes here.

Should anyone have information related to the incidents in question they are asked to contact the local detachment at 250-627-0700 or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

For more items related to RCMP and Emergency Services files in the Northwest see our archive page here.

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