Amish will not bear arms against others, but they do use firearms for hunting and other purposes

amish gunsThe Amish belief in nonresistance mean Amish will not serve in the military, law enforcement, or in any other position that requires them to use firearms against other people.  Yet Amish are not strangers to guns.

In fact, many Amish homes contain weapons.   Farmers in particular keep guns at home, in order to shoot pests.  A Pennsylvania produce farmer uses his shotgun to clear his fields of groundhogs and other pests, for example.

Amish and hunting

Many Amish are also avid hunters.  Some Amish have gun collections, and may take hunting trips locally, to land owned for hunting located outside of a settlement, or in some cases, out-of-state.  A few Amish even make trips to the Western states for big game hunting.

Amish generally see little harm in hunting .  Hunting allows Amish to enjoy nature.  It also fulfills a practical purpose in that game shot can be used to feed the family.  However, some Amish have objected to the practice of purchasing expensive hunting equipment.

For more information, see:

Amish Online Encyclopedia: Do Amish hunt?


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