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RCMP to clamp down on unauthorized shooting range

RCMP to clamp down on unauthorized shooting range

The Prince Rupert RCMP says public safety concerns have prompted the detachment to issue a safety alert about an unauthorized shooting range on the North Coast.

Mounties say the property is located about 1.7 kilometres west of Port Edward and has been used by people for shooting practice for some time. But police say the location is too close to Highway 16 and the use of the land is strictly prohibited.

“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,” states Constable Matt Ericson, spokesman for the Prince Rupert RCMP. “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.”

Prince Rupert RCMP is asking anyone who witnesses prohibited use of the property to contact the detachment or Crime Stoppers.

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