Iqaluit Shooting Association plans Oct. 6 competition
“We’re trying to bring some awareness to this range and firearm safety"
Safe firearms use is behind the Iqaluit Shooting Association’s first annual competition scheduled to start Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.
The competition will introduce people to a safe area to discharge and sight their firearms for hunting, said Blaine Heffernan, a member of the association.
“It’s a pretty important subject in the North, as firearms are in most homes in the territory,” he said.
The association, which started in 2006, acquired a 10-year land lease for the range at the end of the Road to Nowhere in 2010.
It’s the only shooting range in Nunavut that’s certified through an RCMP-approved certification process.
The range includes a 100-metre long range for rifles and a 25-metre restricted range for pistols.
“We’re trying to bring some awareness to this range and firearm safety,” Heffernan said, adding that the range is something the city needed.
When Heffernen arrived in Iqaluit 10 years ago, people were sighting their firearms in various places, which can be dangerous, he said.
The competition in Iqaluit will feature strict rules. Competitors, who will be briefed before the event starts, will fire at stationary targets from different distances. Competitors will compete in several classes — for elders, men, women and youth, aged 12 to 16.
In terms of safety during the event, “we’ve actually gone above and beyond,” Heffernan said.
Prizes include a .22 calibre rifle and a GPS system.
Heffernan would like to hold a similar competiton every year.