| Alberta Culture & Firearms
Alberta has the highest gun ownership in
Canada. As such, Albertans favor the right to bear arms to a much
greater extent than other Canadians. The National Firearms Association and the Law-abiding Unregistered Firearms
Association are both based in
Edmonton, and are two of the most prominent organizations protecting
the right to bear firearms. Alberta has been at the forefront of the
legal battle against Bill C-68, and was the first to refuse to
prosecute the law.
Albertans have a proud heritage that includes activities such as
hunting and target shooting. Further, these activities are ingrained in
the Albertan mindset to a greater extent than in Canada. Susan
Nattrass, an Olympic athlete from Medicine Hat, placed 6th in Trap
Shooting in the 2004 Olympics. West Edmonton Mall, the World's Largest
Shopping Mall has a shooting range in it, The Shooting Centre. To contrast with the rest of Canada, when
Susan Nattrass lived in Nova Scotia, she almost gave up shooting
because the closest range was in Toronto.
Alberta (along with Saskatchewan) is opposed to the firearms registry.
This shows yet another difference between Albertans and Canadians.