June 10, 2014 7:21 pm

Gun range announces new safety precautions

LETHBRIDGE- It’s been one-year since a bullet shot through the roof of Lorraine Nordin’s home. It’s an experience she’ll never forget.

An investigation later revealed the stray shot came from a nearby gun range. Nordin says she’s still haunted by the whole experience.

“Even after it was all over and they fixed it, you’re still scared.”

The Lethbridge Fish and Game Association has now taken special precautions designed to ensure the safety of the range.

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“What we did is change it, reconfigure it so that people have to be back behind a baffle. In that incident that occurred, that was a careless act. That was someone not following the rules,” says Allan Friesen, the association’s range operator.

With the new safety measures now in place, officials say a campaign to move the range may not be necessary and as long as people follow the rules, the area is safe.

“We’re going beyond that level that someone that’s being careless doesn’t follow the rules, what kind of steps can we take to avoid those actions.”

But Nordin isn’t convinced. She says the range is still dangerous and guns shouldn’t be allowed to fire so close to homes in the area.

“Of the stray bullets that do fly around, I’m thinking of the children. They haven’t got a hope.”

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