Surrey is looking to award a permit to a group looking to sell guns and ammo at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds this year.
At least one city councillor, a former cop, is not in favour of the plan.
Coun. Dave Woods would rather not see the sale of ammunition at the B.C. Rod and Gun Show, saying it sends the wrong message.
On Monday, Surrey council is slated to consider a temporary use permit for the sale of firearms and ammunition for two, three-day events at 17763 62 Ave. It’s a continuation of an event that was held at the fairgrounds last year.
The first event this year would run April 15-17 at the Agriplex and Show Barn at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The city’s planning and development department is recommending council approve the application for permit.
A report from Surrey RCMP indicated “no concern and advised that all vendors and participants conform to Firearm Regulations and the Firearms Act.”
Mayor Linda Hepner is in support of the event, although she feels it could have been more appropriately named.
“You know I have never been particularly enamoured of the name of that (event) as the B.C. Rod and Gun Show, because any time you use the word gun, it doesn’t evoke a positive image,” Hepner said. “But this is really sportsman and that’s what they should probably call it.”
She said the weapons that would be sold at the show are for sport hunting and aren’t the types of weapons found in ongoing gun violence on Surrey streets.
Woods, the former district commander of the RCMP in Cloverdale, said he’s not a big fan of the plan.
The proposal is scheduled to go before a council on Monday night at Surrey City Hall.