Vernon firearms policy sent back for rewriting

Vernon’s proposed firearms regulations are off target. Council refused to give the firearms and weapons bylaw three readings Monday.

Vernon’s proposed firearms regulations are off target.

Council refused to give the firearms and weapons bylaw three readings Monday. Instead, the document has been sent back to the drawing board for fine tuning.

“There are some contradictions and incorrect information in it,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol.

One of the areas creating concern is a possible ban on irritant gases like bear spray.

“You should be able to buy this stuff so you can protect yourself from animals,” said Coun. Brian Quiring.

However, Coun. Juliette Cunningham insisted the RCMP asked for the ban because bear spray can be used for criminal activities.

“To go against the recommendation of the RCMP doesn’t make sense to me,” said Cunningham.

Among other issues that will be considered in redrafting the bylaw is prohibiting bow hunting although provincial legislation allows the activity on agricultural land.

Coun. Catherine Lord, who pushed for regulations, says she is “a little discouraged” over the deferral and wishes her colleagues had called for changes in wording prior to the bylaw coming to council for consideration.

“I am hoping the bylaw will be changed and passed.”