Pellet gun use prompts warning from Lake Country police

The Lake Country RCMP seized what turned out to be a pellet gun after reports of someone shooting at ducks from the dock of a lakeside pub.

  • May. 16, 2012 7:00 p.m.

The Lake Country RCMP seized what turned out to be a pellet gun after reports of someone shooting at ducks from the dock of a lakeside pub.

The report came into RCMP Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with witnesses saying a man was on the north side of the dock at Turtle Bay Pub with what appeared to be a black handgun, and the reports indicated the man was shooting at ducks.

“Police attended and found the individual,” said RCMP Const. Kris Clark.

The 20-year-old Lake Country man was still on the dock with friends and claimed that they had been using a pellet gun to shoot across the water to the other dock, not at the ducks.

“The pellet gun they were using could’ve certainly been mistaken for a real firearm, even up close,” said Clark.

The gun was seized by police and will be destroyed. No charges have been recommended.

Clark said when police receive complaints about firearms, they have a duty to intervene accordingly, based on the information received.

“This presents a great challenge to the police as they must respond appropriately, to ensure public safety and that of the responding officers, all the while mindful that the gun seen may not be real,” he said. “There is always the real possibility that a police officer may perceive a deadly threat and respond with irreversible consequences.”

Appropriate safety measures should always be taken when using firearms, air soft guns, pellet guns, paintball guns or anything that may be perceived to be a firearm, added Clark.

When transported in a vehicle, the guns should be secured in cases in the trunk and not handled by vehicle occupants.  Most importantly they should only be used in designated areas only, such as gun club and paintball ranges.