Scituate: Officials to look into public safety of town gun laws

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Scituate Selectmen heard a request from a resident Tuesday night, about looking into the town’s gun by-laws for hunting and shooting on town land located in the West End.

In what’s bound to be a controversial issue, Scituate’s Karen Connolly argued that there’s no signage that warns about hunting and shooting, which is allowed on over 300 acres of town owned land in the West End, including areas near the Rod and Gun Club.

She told the selectmen that she was surprised to discover that the by-laws actually allow people to shoot crows most of the year.

Connolly told the board, “You can actually hunt for crows starting in July through to next April. I don’t really like crows, but I think I’d be a little shocked if I walked out on that land and ran into someone shooting crows, but you can. It’s legal”!

Connolly says it’s all about public safety.

“The long and short of it is that I realized that the town had purchased over 300 acres of land. We spent $3.9 million on buying the land and nobody really knew in town, that I knew of, that there was hunting and shooting allowed out there. My concern was that there were no signs out there, that the public didn’t know and that it was an accident waiting to happen”, Connolly said.

Selectmen voted to send the issue over to the Conservation Commission to review and possibly revise existing restrictions and to By-Law Review Committee for recommendations on possible revisions or changes to the Hunting and Shooting By-Law.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.