Ralph Goodale arrives to a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill, May 31. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)"The position of the government of Canada is that this judgment needs to be left in the hands of the professionals in the police authorities, who are by far in the best position to make these judgment calls based upon their expertise," Goodale said in Ottawa on Tuesday. "The request has been made to change the classification, but our position is 'no', that the existing classification will remain." Marc Bennett, the man from Corner Brook, N.L., who launched the petition, was not immediately available for comment. The AR-15 is a civilian model of the M16 rifle used by the U.S. army and has been used to carry out other mass slayings, including the 2012 killing of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn. One of the top-selling rifles in the U.S., the AR-15's variations are used by some military and police forces around the world.
The restricted classification means that most Canadians can only use it at a gun range. In the petition, Bennett said the federal government changed the rifle's classification to restricted in the mid 1990s purely because of the way it looks. The petition said the AR-15 isn't more dangerous or different than thousands of other firearms in Canada. "The rifle is the most versatile hunting rifle in the world," the petition reads. "The Armalite Rifle - 15 was in fact legal to hunt with before the 1990s firearm classification changes and we hunters would like that opportunity restored."
"The rifle is the most versatile hunting rifle in the world."
RCMP experts decided to restrict rifle
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