The AR-15 is an excellent pest control, competition, and hunting rifle. The way it works and the ammo it uses is no different from the hunting rifles your fathers and grandfathers used.
It’s lightweight, easy to use, configurable for different sized shooters, versatile, available in many different calibres, reliable, and very accurate. In other words, it’s just about the perfect sporting rifle. So why is it that we aren’t allowed to hunt with it in Canada?
The only place that Canadians can legally shoot their AR-15s is at the range. And we do that a lot. Thousands upon thousands of AR-15s are used every year in action sporting competitions, long range precision shooting, and most often, just for fun. Its relatively low recoil makes it the perfect rifle to introduce someone new to shooting.
In the US and other parts of the world, the AR is one of the most popular hunting rifles for all the reasons listed above. Many use it for deer hunting, others for black bear, but the most common use for it is predator and pest control. The lightweight and high velocity properties of the most common caliber (the .223 Remington) makes it an excellent varmint eradicator. Ranchers, farmers and others use the AR-15 to protect valuable property and livestock.
So with all the positive attributes, why do Canadian politicians stop us from using one of the best rifles available to us for hunting? Simply put, it’s because they think it’s scary looking. We tell our kids not to judge something based on the way it looks, let’s stop doing that with the AR.
Help show your support to end some of the ineffective gun laws in Canada by downloading and printing off the NFA’s latest petition to deregulate the AR-15 and put it back in the hands of Canadian hunters where it belongs.
While you’re at it, do the same with their other petition dealing with magazine capacity restrictions.