Firearms in Crockerland
Crockerland's attitude towards firearms is shaped by the brutal climate conditions, dangerous wildlife, hunting culture (especially among indigenous populations), value of personal liberty, and influence of immigration from peoples being persecuted under the Axis Powers and USSR. Firearm ownership is widespread throughout Crockerland.
The rights of citizens to self-preservation and ownership of firearms and bladed weapons specifically for that purpose are expressly protected by the constitution of Crockerland. What firearms specifically this extends to has varied over time.
Class A / Target guns - Single-action rifles and shotguns in low caliber, do not require registration or permit to own or possess for individuals 15 and older with no criminal record, these require background checks for licensed transactions, but not for private transactions.
Class B / Hunting guns - Single action rifles and shotguns in medium to large caliber, do not require registration or permit to own or possess for individuals 18 and older with no criminal record, these require background checks for licensed transactions, but not for private transactions.
Class C / Home defense weapons - Weapons suited primarily to home & property defense, semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, these require background checks to be transferred.
Class D / All handguns - All handguns, require a firearm permit to carry loaded in a concealed manner.
Class E / Fully automatic weapons - Firearms capable of firing more than one bullet per trigger press, these must be registered with the government, and require background checks to be transferred.
Class F / Destructive Devices - Recoiless rifles, grenade launchers, and air guns intended to fire explosives, these require a permit to obtain or possess, and such permits are usually only given out to individuals and groups obtaining them for the purpose of avalanche prevention.
Self-defense & relation with firearms
The human right to defend one's person, family, home, vehicle, curtilage, and property is protected under the law, and the effectiveness of firearms for such purposes is recognized. The possibility of death from exposure and value of personal liberty has lead to a self-defense gun culture similar to that of the United States, Israel, or the Czech Republic.
Crockerland is one of the only countries to allow foreigners to bring guns with them while traveling for personal protection. Similar to the system in place in Canada, foreign travelers can fill out a nonresident firearm declaration and submit it and the firearms in question to border control at the airport/dock they arrive at for inspection, the declaration then acts as a permit for 90 days.
Firearm ownership for personal protection is most popular in rural areas, where animal attacks are a larger threat and police responses are slower. Gun ownership in more populous regions is lessened, especially for long guns, though many people still carry handguns to defend themselves from violent crime.
Hunting, hunting culture, and their relation with guns
Some Inuvialuit, indigenous to western Canada rather than Crockerland, immigrated in the 1940s to 1960s to escape forced boarding school enlistment, and they and their descendants are also allowed to maintain subsistence hunting professions. A few individuals not associated with any North American tribe present in Crockerland have been allowed to become subsistence hunters as well.
Traditional spear/bow/club hunting has been phased out in favor of firearm hunting for several reasons. Hunting using a firearm is usually safer for the hunter, and is instantaneous and unexpected for the animal being hunted, thus reducing the suffering of animals and cruelty towards them. Seals were the last mammals to remain primarily hunted with a tool other than a gun, until hunting seals using hakapiks or clubs became illegal in 2005, similar to the system in place in Norway, and seals are now usually hunted using 30.06 rifles in tandem with harpoons.
Some citizens of Crockerland own large-caliber rifles for international hunting trips; Africa and the United States are common hunting locales, though international travel & trade bans applied to failed states and regimes in Africa to prevent funds from reaching terrorist groups have historically interfered with such trips. Currently, Sudan, Libya, Zimbabwe, Mauritania, and Somalia are the African nations with full sanctions and/or travel bans against them, while individuals must obtain government permission to travel to or trade with a number of states where Al Qaeda or Islamic State affiliates operate, as well as failed states such as the Congo or Central African Republic.
More local big game traditionally hunted with rifles and shotguns in Crockerland include Polar Bears, Caribou (both Peary Caribou & Barren Ground Caribou), Muskox, Bull Walruses, and Bearded, Ringed, & Spotted seals. Class F destructive devices in the form of harpoons tipped with Penthrite grenades are used to hunt whales.
Skeet shooting, trap shooting, and target shooting are somewhat popular sports. Crockerland's largest arms rights group, the IAPCAR-associated National Arms Committee, started off as a sports shooting organization.
Popularity of Firearms
*Firearms counted in this survey did NOT include flare guns, nail guns, or any firearm which uses a propellant other than smokeless powder, such as air rifles or antique black powder firearms
The most popular rifle and most popular gun overall in Crockerland is the Winchester Model 70, the second most popular gun as well as the most popular handgun is the Smith & Wesson Model 10, though it's popularity is declining due to it's low caliber.
Though firearms ownership is spread among urban, suburban, and rural residents, their reasons for owning small arms and the culture surrounding them are different between the three. Crockerland urbanites generally carry armaments to protect themselves from criminal activity while in public, while sub-urban individuals often own guns primarily for home and vehicle defense or for sporting purposes. Crockerland's rural residents take on a different attitude due to remoteness from help, and carry guns to be able to protect themselves for prolonged periods of time against animal attack or for use in property defense.
In the process of regionalization of trucks, cars, and other vehicles for the conditions in Crockerland, gun racks are often added to fit rifles in, as traveling through more desolate regions could prove dangerous thanks to polar bear attack if a car were to break down.