At this time the BCTSA has suspended upcoming events and competitions such as the BC Rifle and Pistol Provincials. We support the social distancing efforts of the Province and recommend that all local clubs follow suit. We will reschedule these events as soon as the Provincial Health authorities feel that it is safe to resume normal activities. Please refer regularly to the Events page for the latest news on future plans.
In response to inquiries from our members, we would like to direct you to information on the recent Firearms bans:
- The actual Order: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2020/2020-05-01-x3/html/sor-dors96-eng.html
- The Prime Ministers Office: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/05/01/prime-minister-announces-ban-assault-style-firearms
- The RCMP: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/firearms/need-know-the-government-canadas-new-prohibition-certain-firearms-and-devices
Major Lobbying groups:
- National Firearms Association (NFA): https://nfa.ca/
- Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA): https://cssa-cila.org/
- The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR): https://firearmrights.ca/en/home/
What is the BCTSA?
The BRITISH COLUMBIA TARGET SPORTS ASSOCIATION is a registered, non-profit amateur sports organization that is the Sport Governing Body for Target Shooting in B.C., representing and serving Rifle and Pistol target shooters throughout the province. The membership consists of individuals and clubs interested in furthering the target sports as a safe, recreational and competitive sport and to improve the public acceptance of target shooting sports.
The disciplines we cover are Silhouette, Air Rifle, Smallbore Rifle and all Pistol shooting.
The sport sets no limits for those who are involved. Some want only an hour or so of recreation per week while others seek Olympic Gold Medals. Youths, adults and the very senior all participate throughout the province.
Target Shooting is a late specialization sport which means that participants tend to enter the sport in their teenage years and may attain peak performances as adults. While most sports rely heavily on physical fitness, size and speed, shooting remains a contest of skill and precision. Although physical conditioning plays a large part in success on the shooting range, mental preparation is the most important factor for shooters, who must remain calm and completely focused on their targets under the enormous pressure of competition if they wish to excel.
Male and female able bodied and disabled athletes, all enjoy shooting sports.
Target shooting is a year round recreation sport, outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter with Clubs located throughout the province. It is a contest of skill and precision. As with most sports today, you can spend a lot of money, but many shooters invest only a few hundred dollars in equipment and find the cost of ammunition and targets far less than expected. Most clubs have equipment to lend beginners to help them get started.
If you would like to enter a competition, a classification system is used which assures that the thrill of winning is available to everyone, so you are competing against others of similar and known ability.
This organization is supported by the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development and our Junior Athletes are also supported through the ViaSport Agency program