Grande Prairie RCMP urges public to learn firearm bylaws before firing guns

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With hunting season around the corner, the Grande Prairie RCMP would like to encourage the public to practice their shooting at licenced gun ranges and to get well-acquainted with all legislation around the discharge of firearms.

Over the past weekend, the Grande Prairie RCMP received several complaints of firearms being discharged near Wedgewood, a subdivision located just south of the Grande Prairie City limits.

The Grande Prairie RCMP were able to identify the originating location of the shots and spoke to a resident who admitted to shooting on their property.

The shooter had taken precautions to ensure that no one could be injured by the shots, however, was not aware of the existing by-laws of firearm usage in the County of Grande Prairie.

RCMP say the shooter was apologetic for any concern they caused and indicated they would not be shooting again.

No charges are being considered at this time.

The County of Grande Prairie’s Bylaws pertaining to the discharge of firearms can be found on their website.