Proposed Firearm Discharge By-Law

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On May 11, 2020, at the Regular Meeting of Council, the option to develop a new By-law concerning the discharge of firearms in built up areas was discussed. This subject was brought before council following an incident that occurred in Lynhurst, where the discharge of firearms in an open area alarmed some nearby residents. This alarm has led to a general concern for public safety when firearms are being discharged in or near built up areas. A by-law is now being considered by Council that would regulate the discharge of firearms in the built up and urban communities, such as Port Stanley, Belmont, Lynhurst, and Eastwood subdivision. The proposed bylaw is not intended to apply to all of Central Elgin.

Council has decided to survey residents of the Municipality of Central Elgin to determine whether the discharge of firearms in or near built up areas should be restricted. If there are concerns with the proposed by-law, it would be helpful for Council to understand the reasons why a person would want to discharge a firearm in Port Stanley, Belmont , Lynhurst or other built up community. The proposed bylaw should not have an impact on hunting as the Municipality is not aware of any incidents of people hunting in Belmont, Lynhurst, Port Stanley, etc. The results of this survey will be evaluated by council to inform its decision whether to develop and pass a by-law regulating the discharge of firearms in the municipality. The following survey will help Council evaluate the public’s desire for a by-law to regulate the discharge of firearms in built up areas for the purpose of public safety.

On May 11, 2020, at the Regular Meeting of Council, the option to develop a new By-law concerning the discharge of firearms in built up areas was discussed. This subject was brought before council following an incident that occurred in Lynhurst, where the discharge of firearms in an open area alarmed some nearby residents. This alarm has led to a general concern for public safety when firearms are being discharged in or near built up areas. A by-law is now being considered by Council that would regulate the discharge of firearms in the built up and urban communities, such as Port Stanley, Belmont, Lynhurst, and Eastwood subdivision. The proposed bylaw is not intended to apply to all of Central Elgin.

Council has decided to survey residents of the Municipality of Central Elgin to determine whether the discharge of firearms in or near built up areas should be restricted. If there are concerns with the proposed by-law, it would be helpful for Council to understand the reasons why a person would want to discharge a firearm in Port Stanley, Belmont , Lynhurst or other built up community. The proposed bylaw should not have an impact on hunting as the Municipality is not aware of any incidents of people hunting in Belmont, Lynhurst, Port Stanley, etc. The results of this survey will be evaluated by council to inform its decision whether to develop and pass a by-law regulating the discharge of firearms in the municipality. The following survey will help Council evaluate the public’s desire for a by-law to regulate the discharge of firearms in built up areas for the purpose of public safety.