With several gun ranges in operation just outside Toronto, the city’s sport shooters were questioning yesterday whether Mayor David Miller’s proposals to close recreational ranges and block out new manufacturers and wholesalers would really limit gun use.


Even if Miller’s plan becomes a bylaw, Torontonians could still legally practise shooting by, for example, requesting a membership at the Lakeshore Arms Academy in Mississauga.


Acting Ontario chief firearms officer Tony Cooper says he doesn’t think the law would ultimately affect Toronto gun enthusiasts’ ability to buy weapons or use them on a range, noting they have other options in the GTA.


Coun. Case Ootes joined in the criticism yesterday.


“To go after gun ranges ... to ban that and say that is the cause of gun violence in the street is absolutely ludicrous,” said Ootes.