Public tries out fun guns

Many shots rang out Saturday as a local club opened its doors to the public for fun with guns.

Kallaghan Kozakevich

Kallaghan Kozakevich

Many shots rang out Saturday as a local club opened its doors to the public for fun with guns.

Perched in the hills off Highway 97 north of the city, the Penticton Shooting Sports Association welcomed gun enthusiasts and the merely curious to see what it has to offer.

“We have a very tight membership,” said association secretary Stacy Amy. “And we love to show what we know to the public.”

With about 200 active members, the bulk of them sportsmen but also a few law enforcement types, the club has an outdoor-recreation focus.

“It’s all about safety and conservation and wildlife, and integrating all those things together into this club,” Amy said.

The club boasts an indoor handgun range, plus outdoor ranges for rifles and trap shooting. It also maintains archery equipment and has weekly meets for the different interest groups, plus fun one-off events like a zombie shoot in October.

Novices can benefit from a membership that includes firearm safety instructors.

“We can make those connections for you to get properly licensed,” Amy said.

It’s free to visit the association’s facility, and memberships start at $45 for students and go up to $125 for families. For more information, visit pentictonshootingsports.com