Neufeld visits gun and wildlife clubs for feedback

MP Robert Sopuck spent some time in the Okanagan recently, visiting gun and wildlife clubs in the area.

MP Robert Sopuck spent some time in the Okanagan recently, visiting gun and wildlife clubs in the area.

Sopuck, chair of the federal Conservatives hunting and angling caucus, also took the time while visiting the Penticton Shooting Sports Association to do a little trap shooting for a photo op.

Sopuck was accompanied by Marshall Neufeld, Conservative candidate for South Okanagan West Kootenay, who admitted he didn’t come close to Sopuck’s score on the trap range.

“I certainly didn’t get the 22 out of 25 that Bob did, he just impressed everyone up there,” said Neufeld. “But I still had my 25 shots and I got a number of them.”

The serious business of the day, however, was the roundtable that followed with about 20 members of the PSSA, discussing hunting, angling and trapping issues, as well as the Common Sense Firearms Act.

“A lot of people had questions about how this legislation is going to affect them,” said Neufeld. “A lot of those firearms owners are happy with the changes that are coming and just streamlining some of the work that is put on to firearms owners.

“Some of the work we make our firearms owners go through is rather repetitive.”

Neufeld said Sopuck will be taking the club’s comments about the new legislation back to Ottawa.

“The legislation hasn’t gone to committee yet, so if there is anyone who reads the legislation and thinks there is something that needs to be amended, this is the right time for going to the minister of public safety, Stephen Blaney, or local MP Dan Albas and bring up any concerns,” said Neufeld.