With autumn around the corner and hunting season underway in some areas of the province, the Williams Lake RCMP are encouraging firearm owners to be safe so they won’t be targeted by thieves for the sole reason that they own firearms.
In a press release issued Friday by police, gun owners are being reminded of their legal responsibility when storing firearms and the fact that all firearms must be unloaded and locked or partially dismantled (bolt removed).
When it comes to non-restricted firearms, owners are advised to attach a secure locking device, such as a trigger lock or cable lock (or remove the bolt) so the firearms cannot be fired or to lock the firearms in a cabinet, container or room that is difficult to break into.
Ammunition must be stored separately or locked up, or may be stored in the same locked container as the firearms.
Failing to meet these requirements could result in criminal prosecution for improper storage of a firearm.
Proper storage can prevent accidents and deter loss or theft.
For more general information, visit the Canadian Firearms Program at RCMP.ca or at the following link; http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cfp-pcaf/fs-fd/index-eng.htm