Police are urging South Canterbury firearms users to take extra caution when sighting in rifles in public areas.
The warning comes after an incident was reported to the police when a motorcyclist on the beach near Beach Rd, Seadown, came face to face with a firearms user.
The firearms user was in the process of setting up to sight in a rifle, intending to shoot along the beach.
Mid and South Canterbury firearms officer John Wainwright said it was clearly not a sensible thing to do.
He said the first consideration of any firearms user must be "where will any projectile end up if the shot misses the target?"
Police said they understand some people may have little option but to use beach areas for sighting in rifles but urge extra caution due to the increasing recreational use of beaches by walkers and cyclists.
Mr Wainwright said it would be prudent for shooters to be accompanied by a "spotter" at all times.
Anyone with concerns about sighting in rifles should contact Timaru police on 03 687 9808.
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