the state that i grew up in along with the surrounding states do not allow people to hunt with 5.56/.223 or 7.62x39. Killing coyotes or wild boars with them, simply because they're invasive and dangerous to the wildlife, is different though. if i'm not mistaken people can use whatever they have for those
hunting with 7.62x51/.308 is not even practical lol... there would be like nothing left of the deer. i mean i guess if you're bear hunting??? the .308 is simply way too powerful for traditional hunting
lots of flatland states even have bans on hunting with rifles all together simply because the bullet travels so far with such an effective range that state governments are not willing to take the risk of a hunter missing and the bullet going somewhere that was not intended
utilizing an AR for self defense is not only non-practical, but it's reckless and dangerous to the people living around you. the muzzle velocity of a standard AR-15 or similar rifle shooting 5.56 is approx 3,000ft/s... if an assailant comes at you in your home and you shoot him with that rifle from approx 5-15ft away, the bullet will travel through them and into the house next door. god forbid you miss and it keeps on going somewhere else you didn't intend... not to mention they're bulky and typically stored somewhere in a spot that won't be convenient for you in the event that you actually have a break in.
pistols were designed to be effective at close ranges. several ammunition manufacturers make hollow points or other types of bullets that are specifically designed to take down a target at close range as well. they're easy to carry and they're small enough to be kept on a table or in a drawer by your couch or bed.... they're the ideal home defense tool... we're talking about home defense here, not taking down a target from 300yds away
like i said, i love target practice too.. i used to have an ACR when i was younger and it was a blast shooting it. but it absolutely was not necessary to have at all and after being in the military for so long and understanding the practical use of a weapon like that, i fully agree with the fight to remove them from the civilian home