I've reached out my Member of Parliament Sven Spengemann to discuss the possibility of re-classifying the Armalite-15 (AR-15) and it's variants as a non-restricted firearm. There's a petition that has been circulating for a few months now, that would petition the Minister of Public Safety and Disaster Preparedness to consider the request. I'm hoping that AR's can be reclassified.
March 28 2016
Good day Mr Spengemann,
I am writing you to as a constituent of Mississauga-Lakeshore, I would like to bring to your attention a Parliament of Canada E-Petition that would see a classification change to a popular modern sporting rifle in Canada. The following e-petition 111 - Firearms (https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-111), would see the Armalite-15 and it's variants re-classified to a non-restricted firearm based on technical merits, such as overall length (OAL) and barrel length. Currently the Armalite-15, or better knowns as the AR-15 and it's variants, are the only named restricted firearm in Canada.
Many Canadians legally enjoy the use of the Armalite-15 for both target or sport shooting, it's an extremely reliable rifle, that's light weight, versatile and can be customized to adapted to the needs of any shooter. However, since the Armalite-15 and all variants, including the Armalite-10 are named restricted firearms, they're restricted to range use only. As many Canadians enjoy both sport and target shooting, as well as hunting, we in the sport shooting and hunting community call on the government to remove the Armalite-15 and Armalite-10 from the restricted classification and make it a non-restricted firearm based on technical merits.
This will allow Canadians who take part in hunting, to use an Armalite-15 or Armalite-10 for hunting activities, again as the rifle is highly customizable firearm, different calibre barrels can be easily swapped to allow hunters to use the same firearm for both small, medium and large game.
There maybe concerns about allowing Armalite-15 and Armalite-10 rifles to be used at locations other then certified ranges, however, many shooters and hunters use different makes and models of gas operated rifles off of ranges safely every day without any issues. As well, versions of the Armalite-15 and Armalite-10 rifles with an Overall Length less then 26", or a barrel length less then 18.5" would still be a restricted firearm and would require it to be registered and only used at certified ranges.
Please see the included details from the petition:
The current firearm legislation classifies the semi-auto Armalite Rifle - 15 and variants as restricted when there is no inherent difference between it and that of hundreds or thousands of other firearms in Canada which have been, in due process, classified as non-restricted;
The restriction on the AR-15 and its variants prohibits the use of this semi-automatic modern sporting rifle from being used for lawful purposes such as hunting;
This rifle has been ultimately restricted purely because of cosmetic appearance of the rifle which does not make the rifle more dangerous. It has been assembled with modern day materials (plastic & aluminium) and that shouldn't be the merit to base a rifle for restricted classification as there are thousands of other rifles like it used on a day to day basis for legitimate purposes;
This rifle is the most versatile hunting rifle in the world. The calibre can easily be changed to meet lawful provincial hunting requirements from small game to big game animals without the need to purchase multiple gaming rifles; and The Armalite Rifle - 15 was in fact legal to hunt with before the mid 1990's firearm classification changes and we hunters would like that opportunity restored.
We, the undersigned, Lawful Firearm Owners of Canada, request (or call upon) the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to Re-classify the Armalite Rifle - 15 back to non-restricted status so we can once again use this rifle to lawfully participate in the Canadian cultural practices of hunting.
As well, please see the links to an example of rifles, this change would allow Canadian sport / target shooters and hunters to use outside of the range.
As a constituent of your riding, can I count on your support to reclassify the Armalite-15 and Armalite-10 to non-restricted? I am available by email to further discuss the topic if you're interested.
Thank you for your time and consideration.