The province has unveiled new regulations for recreational gun users in the Fraser Valley in response to an increase in “reckless gun use.”
The new rules come amid concern that “indiscriminate shooting” is creating safety issues and damaging wildlife.
The province says in the last year gun use forced wildfire crews to back off fire suppression efforts and there have been reports of unsafe shooting in the direction of cabins and recreational areas.
Under the new rules, “no shooting zones” have been created within 400 metres of certain roads on crown land an in the Fraser Valley Regional District.
The changes apply only to recreational and target shooters, and do not affect licensed hunters or First Nations.
The new regulations come with some hefty new fines: up to $50,000 and six months in jail for a first offence, and scaling to as high as $100,000 and a year in jail for repeat offences.