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Police chief wants firing range regulations



Friday, October 28, 2005

CALGARY -- Calgary's police chief wants to make it tougher for street gang members to use firing ranges to improve their gun skills.

Jack Beaton says with gang-related violence rising across Alberta, criminals shouldn't be given a chance to practice their aim.

Beaton says undercover officers recently arrested a gang member at a firing range who was under a 10-year firearms ban.

The case is still before the courts.

Beaton says he's asked provincial officials to draft regulations on who can use firing ranges.

The police chief recommends that anyone who comes in to use one should register at the door first.

Stephen Jenuth of the Alberta Civil Liberties Association says blanket restrictions can't be put on anyone -- even gang members -- without a criminal conviction.

But Jenuth says banning someone from target practice seems sensible as part of a probation order, if they have been convicted of a firearms-related offence.

© Canadian Press 2005
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