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Crossbows on agenda in Vernon

Report looks at sharpening the wording on who is exempt from using the ranged weapon
Bylaw #5399, Section Nine is entitled Exemptions for Discharge of Longbow or Crossbow Within the City of Vernon. Council looks to re-work some of the verbiage of the section. (Black Press Media)

Vernon council will be taking aim at restrictions on the use of longbows and crossbows within city limits.

The memorandum looks at conducting a review of Bylaw #5399, Section Nine (exemptions for the discharge of a longbow or a crossbow within the City of Vernon), by removing specific wording for the use of the ranged weapon.

At the May 8 council meeting, administration conducted a high-level review of the memorandum to “ensure regulations are accurate and consistent with other BC municipalities and continue to meet the needs of the community.”

Current bylaw provisions state that no person shall discharge a longbow or crossbow within the City of Vernon. There are a few specific exemptions listed within the subsection, notably hunters and predator control contractors, individuals involved in an archery competition and farmers while engaged in the destruction of predators

Bylaw enforcement officers, while currently listed in the subsection, are not to use the weapon while conducting operational duties. Administration is looking at recommending that subsection to be removed.

Do not expect city police to start looking like Legolas in Lord of the Rings, however, as the report merely wants to improve wording rather than actively promote arming the officers with the weapon.

The matter will be debated at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, May 23.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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