An E-petition <it can be found here> has been circulating for the last few weeks, to Petition to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to reclassify the AR-15 as a non-restricted firearm, and those AR-15s that meet certain technical merits would still remain restricted, based on barrel length and over all length would still be restricted. The AR-15 in Canada is the only named restricted firearms, regardless of barrel length or calibre, if it's an AR-15 or a variant of an AR-15, it's restricted. This is wrong! The AR-15 is no better or worse then any other centre fire rifle, just be cause it's black and has modern accessories doesn't mean it's any more deadly then a lever or pump action rifle.
This petition would hopefully have the affect of moving the AR-15 out of it's currently named restricted designation, and AR-15's with a barrel length greater then 18.6" inches and an overall length of 26" inches would be non-restricted, less then those numbers, it would be restricted. What does this mean? It means that people can use their AR-15's and AR-10's for hunting and target shooting outside of the range, basically the AR-15/AR-10 would be treated just like every other gun in the country.