Judge sides with gun club in noise battle 0
A B.C. Supreme Court judge has sided with a Salt Spring Island gun club that was penalized for being too loud.
Noise bylaws for the island community were changed by the Capital Regional District in 2006, eliminating an exemption — allowing the discharge of firearms from 9 a.m. to sunset — that effectively meant any noise-emitting shots fired at the club’s gun ranges were illegal.
However, according to the court decision posted Wednesday, the land’s zoning allows the shooting of firearms on the Salt Spring Island Rod and Gun Club property, and it’s under that zoning the club has operated three shooting fields since 1961.
“It would be absurd to think that the permitted activity of discharging firearms on the petitioner’s property only allows the discharge of firearms that do not create noise,” Justice Gregory Bowden wrote in his decision.
Bowden “quashed” any tickets issued by the CPD for violations from 9 a.m. to sunset, and recommended in his decision the governance body specify noise restrictions.