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WMSS News Updates

posted Feb 3, 2019, 1:01 PM by Western Metallic Silhouette Society   [ updated Feb 3, 2019, 1:09 PM ]

WMSS News Update
Here are some recent updates and events happening around the Western Metallic Silhouette Society (WMSS).

 l  Very happy to report the respective negotiating teams from WMSS and SCRGC for the  granting of a sub license to the License of Occupation have had their first meet & greet             session. A very positive session with some discussion on higher level items to be  addressed at our future meetings. A thank you to the members of both teams.

l  A reminder that all pertinent documentation for the safe and legal operation of our gun range, including Liability Insurance, is available on the WMSS website. This to dispel the misinformation being circulated we lack proper documentation or inspections.

l  Regret to report on the eve of negotiations the WMSS security gate has again been vandalized and locks cut off. Further to this there has been illegal entry onto the site and illegal removal of timber. The RCMP and Forestry have been notified. We have been advised by the RCMP this constitutes Trespassing. There will be further updates to this at a later date.

l  WMSS believe these are the acts of individuals and not condoned by the majority of SCRGC members and will continue to positively move forward.

l  Despite some of these disappointments WMSS still believes in and strives for a fair and equitable agreement as independent but cooperative neighbours with the SCRGC as required by the LOC. 

Exciting News: WMSS & SRCGC have jointly agreed for their teams to meet to discuss and reach an agreement

posted Oct 16, 2018, 9:04 PM by Western Metallic Silhouette Society   [ updated Oct 16, 2018, 9:09 PM ]

The Western Metallic Silhouette Society and the Sunshine Coast Rod and Gun Club have jointly agreed for their teams to meet to discuss and reach an agreement which would allow the granting of a sub-license to the community shooting site. 

Well done everyone! Both Clubs looking forward to being cooperative neighbors.

Documents available for review on the WMSS Website

posted Sep 6, 2018, 9:43 PM by Beverly Ehlbeck   [ updated Feb 3, 2019, 1:12 PM by Western Metallic Silhouette Society ]

The following documents are available for review in the Documents section of this Western Metallic Silhouette Society website.

1.       Shooting Club Approval 2008-2013 and 2013-2018

2.       Shooting Range Approval 2008-2013 and 2013-2018

3.       WMSS  Insurance Expires 1/31/2019

4.       SCRGC Proposed Agreement

5.       WMSS Proposed Agreement

6.       License of Occupation  - August 2014 – August 2024

 

Please note the following key points in the Licence of Occupation

2.1       LOC does not grant exclusive use and occupancy of the land.

4.1(m) Must accommodate the use of a portion of the land by WMSS for revolver shooting activities.

5.1 (b)(c) Other persons may acquire or hold rights or interests in the land.

11.3  The grant of a sublicense, assignment or transfer of the agreement does not release obligation to perform provisions unless specifically released by consent to the sublicense.

 

NOTE:  TO 11.3

The granting of this sublicense by BC Lands requires a fair and equitable agreement in place between SCRGC and WMSS allowing both clubs to share one site as independent but cooperative neighbours, all encompassed within the community shooting site.


Summary of WMSS handout from Sept 5, 2018 SCRGC Meeting

posted Sep 6, 2018, 9:32 PM by Beverly Ehlbeck   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 9:38 PM ]

It is the true desire of the WMSS to come to a fair and equitable agreement with the SCRGC with regards to accommodation under License of Occupation 242935 of August 01, 2014.

Under a fair and negotiated in good faith agreement free of ultimatums and misinformation, the two clubs memberships can achieve a goal of mutual cooperation and co-existence while maintaining many years of established friendships.

WHY A SEPARATE CLUB  

• To specialize in family, competition oriented, and specialized shooting disciplines.

• The desire to join an established and approved shooting club within  the community shooting site since 1990    

• Unilateral decision-making within the SCRGC.  Office holders denied access to important meetings and not allowed input to the governance of the club.

WHAT ARE THE WMSS CLUB GOALS

  To operate a safe and approved facility for family and competition oriented shooting sports.

  To enhance the local shooting community through mutual cooperation and co-existence.

  To be a responsible and contributing member and asset of the general community.


BRIEF HISTORY

WMSS became an approved club and range in May 1990.  In Nov 2008, the club range license was transferred to the Sunshine Coast Community Shooting site by CFO – Robert Turple -  Its third and present location.  All permits and approvals have been maintained.

In the interim years, WMSS has worked to enhance its facility and that of the community shooting site with volunteer labour and great cost.  Some of these expenditures included gates, road access, drainage and range berms.  Many of which were beneficial to the SCRGC.  Most recent improvements to the WMSS site has been range floor covering, access improvements and berm maintenance.

Much of this expense has gone directly to the community shooting site for the benefit of future site users.

Today WMSS believe in their right to exist, sharing the community shooting site as independent and cooperative neighbours.

FAILURE TO REACH AGREEMENT

Several attempts have been made over the last many months to reach an agreement between the SCRGC and WMSS regarding the WMSS range within the Sunshine Coast Shooting Site.

The associated meetings soon turned non-productive amid allegations and suggested intimidation, despite having reached agreement on several key issues.

Subsequent to this failure, WMSS has been in contact with BC Lands to ensure the required agreement meets conditions for the consent to grant a sub-license, and will modify its proposal accordingly.

It is the position of WMSS that they have been dealt with unfairly nor negotiated with in good faith.  Being presented a “non-negotiable” agreement followed by questionable illegal activities has now involved various government agencies and the RCMP.

WMSS today still remain about moving forward and reaching the much talked about equitable and fair agreement with SCRGC.

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