There are better ways to tell your kids to pick up around the house, a Pictou County man has learned.

William Edward Frew pleaded guilty to unsafe handling of a rifle following an incident in his home on Oct. 15.

At the time of the incident, Frew claims he was sick with H1N1, had a toothache and had been working 12 hours a day for the past two months. When he discovered the laundry hadn’t been done, he handed his teenaged son a .22 calibre rifle and ammunition and told him to “load it and shoot him.”


The rifle had a trigger lock on the gun, Crown attorney Herman Felderhoff told New Glasgow Provincial Court this week.

Frew will have to pay a $200 fine, but will not be facing any dangerous weapon bans and will not have to forfeit his rifle.

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