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Fun with firearms under Canada's strict gun control laws

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A member of the Vancouver Gun Club, which was formed in 1924, takes aim while trap shooting at the club facility in Richmond, British Columbia Feb. 10.

As the first in a series from Reuters on gun culture in various nations, photographer Andy Clark spent time at a public indoor gun range in British Columbia and at the 79-year-old Vancouver Gun Club where members shoot skeet and trap. The shotgun-only club has about 400 regular members and sells an estimated 1,100 day passes each year. Canada has very strict laws controlling the use of handguns and violent crime is relatively rare.

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A sporting clay disintegrates after being hit by a bullet.

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A Vancouver Gun Club member peeks out from behind the hut where sporting clays are fired.

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A member of the Vancouver Gun Club rests his shotgun on his shoulder while waiting for his turn at the club's 39-acre facility on Feb. 17.

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Rich Korbus reacts after missing his shot while trap shooting.

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Sporting clays shooters walk through a wooded area to their next position. the game is shot in a group of at least three shooters. One person operates the throwing machine, one is the scorekeeper and the third shoots at the station.

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A range officer holds a woman steady while she fires a shotgun at the DVC Indoor Shooting Centre in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia on March 22. The DVC is the only indoor shooting center in the province that rents firearms to the public without a license.

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A visitor of DVC Indoor Shooting Centre fires a pistol on their range.

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Mona Kambo, center, holds up her shooting target while her friend, Kylie Cronin, right, takes a picture at the DVC Indoor Shooting Centre where Friday night is 'Ladies Night.'