Shots fired at campsite

Three local adults were caught discharging firearms at a campsite.

The RCMP and the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service (COS) attended a call for service at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Colleymount Rec Site, located on the north shore of Francois Lake.

The RCMP and the COS found three Burns Lake residents – two adult males and one adult female – discharging firearms at the campsite.

One male and one female were issued tickets for illegal use of a firearm contrary to the Forest and Range Practices Act, a provincial statute. The second male was arrested for careless use of a firearm and released for provincial court in January 2015.

Staff Sgt. Grant MacDonald with the Burns Lake RCMP said people are allowed to bring firearms to a campsite as long as the weapons are safely stored.

“Using a firearm at a campground is not an appropriate usage of a firearm,” he said.

Police seized the weapons consisting of riffles and a handgun and also found a small amount of marijuana. No criminal charges are pending involving the marijuana due to the officer’s discretion.


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