The Municipality of Brighton is once again debating whether or not to amend a Sunday gun hunting ban that has been in effect there since 2003.
As part of the decision-making process, Brighton Council has provided a 60-day period for residents to review and consider policy amendments related to the ban. That period began Feb. 1.
The proposed amendments would have council authorize Sunday gun hunting within the municipality and amend the firearms discharge bylaw to prohibit the discharge of firearms within 200 metres of lands designated as shoreline residential within the Brighton Official Plan.
At press time, council has received petitions from groups for and against the proposed amendments. The petition for the proposed changes held more signatures.
The municipality is the only one in eastern Ontario that does not allow Sunday gun hunting, primarily due to property owners groups voicing concerns regarding early morning shotgun noise during the waterfowl season.