Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Firearms bylaw revision put on hold
Plans for revising the firearms bylaw for the City of Clarence-Rockland are on hold for now.
Both city council and representatives for local hunters and hunting groups have agreed to create an advisory committee to work out an acceptable compromise that ensures both safety for area residents without sacrificing the right of local hunters to enjoy their sport.
“We will discuss what there is that needs to be discussed and figure out what to do,” said Mayor Guy Desjardins Monday (see photo), following the end of an hour-long presentation of a report on proposed revisions to the municipality’s firearms discharge bylaw.
The presentation took place inside the Clarence Creek Arena as part of the August 13 committee of the whole session of Clarence-Rockland council. Mayor Desjardins adjourned the meeting from its usual location in council chambers in the municipal office across the street from the arena because of the size of the crowd of more than 100 residents attending who had an interest in the issue.
Dan Ampleman, a Clarence Creek resident, who is also chairman of the Ottawa East chapter of Ducks Unlimited Canada, noted that the city has been “very responsible” in asking for input from the recreational hunting community on the proposed revisions and proven open to further discussion.
“There is still discussion to be done, and the city is willing to let us be heard,” Ampleman said. “We are very happy that they (city) are willing to allow creation of a committee for the area about this.”