Well I received my PAL / RPAL finally, now need a hunter training course. Is this a classroom event or can you do online in Alberta? Where do you recommend in Edmonton area.
Wow!Look at this new chit they rammed through, under cover of covid yet again
View this email in your browser￼BC Government’s Bill 4 – Firearm Violence Prevention Act
How Does It Affect the Club and You?
In addition to the Federal Government’s Firearms Act, this provincial legislation adds another layer of bureaucracy, and is a veritable pain in the bottom, for most shooting clubs to contend with. Bill 4 impacts all provincial shooting clubs, their members, and people in the public who possess no federal firearms licence and own and use low velocity firearms that shoot projectiles under 152.4 metres/sec or 500 feet/second.
Shooting ranges and clubs are now required to ask “range users” for identification before they shoot their firearm or imitation firearm. Additionally, there is a “duty to require” and check the Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) that members’, or their guest’s’, hold. Our club must record when members’ and guests’ use our shooting range, and store this information for a period of time not yet identified in Bill 4 Regulation. Shooting clubs are being forced to police their membership.
With the electronic gate and our online application process, the Salmon Arm Fish and Game Club (SAFGC) will limit the “identification and verification” activities to the time when you renew your membership or join as a new member. The club will collect your PAL number and member information once a year when you apply or renew online. An “activated” key Fob to operate the electronic gate is your authorization, until December 31 of each year, to access the shooting range. We do not need to ask you to produce your firearms licence, nor ask you for identification, nor ask you to record the date and time of when you were shooting. Just remember to sign you guest in.
SAFGC is lucky! The club modernization we started 4 years ago is paying off. All federal and provincial identification, verification and record keeping requirements are automated at the gate and on our club website. Many other clubs will find Bill 4 burdensome and expensive to implement whether they automate or hire staff. Smaller clubs will close because they cannot satisfy the requirements of this Bill.
The definition of “low velocity and imitation firearms” now treats your children’s BB gun, airsoft rifle and paint ball gun as firearms because they shoot projectiles under 500 feet/second. Children who do not possess a Federal Firearms Minor’s Licence (age 12 – 17) cannot possess, acquire or use low velocity firearms or the ammunition to shoot them. Unless your child has a valid Minor’s Licence or is with you and you hold a valid Firearms Licence, they cannot shoot their BB gun, airsoft rifle or paint ball gun, nor buy ammunition, unless you are present and have a valid PAL.
Further, this legislation grants peace officers the authority to impound vehicles, and search, seize and arrest without a warrant if they have reason to believe an offence is being committed under this Act. People who do not hold a valid Federal Fireams Licence, or teenagers who do not hold a Federal Minor’s Firearms Licence, now cannot possess, acquire and shoot their BB guns, airsoft and paint ball rifles, something that was legal only a few months ago. Being found in possession of low velocity firearms while not federally licenced could result in some draconian action by the state.
Please take a look at Bill 4:
President - SAFGC
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