Montreal has the highest number of licensed shooters among Canada’s five-biggest cities, but you’re most likely to bump into a gun lover in Calgary.
The greater Montreal area was home to 107,711 people with firearm licences at Dec. 31, 2015, the RCMP said Sept. 22 in an e-mailed response to questions from TheGunBlog.ca. Even though Calgary had about half of Montreal’s licences, it ranked first in shooters per capita because of its smaller population.
The Canadian government is working to produce a new gun law “during the weeks ahead,” the National Post reported today, citing Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised while campaigning for the October 2015 election to repeal a law that simplified firearms transport, among eight points related to guns in the Liberal Party’s campaign platform.
In a world of middle-aged men comes a new voice: 14-year-old Canadian Gun Girl and her YouTube channel.
“I will be showing how young girls — and girls in general — can have fun with guns,” Canadian Gun Girl, a.k.a. Hayley of Chilliwack, British Columbia, said in her inaugural video on Aug. 22. “Guns aren’t just for boys.”
Did you know? According to the RCMP Commissioner of Firearms report for 2015:
As of December 31, 2015, there were 4,522 firearms businesses in Canada licensed under the Firearms Act, not including carriers and museums. Of these, 2,117 were licensed to sell only ammunition.
That’s a lot of jobs for a lot of people, from small businesses to big corporations.
It also represents a 2.6 percent decline from the year before, when the country was home to 4,641 firearms businesses, of which 2,345 were licensed to sell only ammo, according to the 2014 report.
What is a “firearms business”? The 2015 report says:
A business, museum or organization that manufactures, sells, possesses, handles, displays or stores firearms or ammunition must have a firearms business licence. Employees who handle firearms for these businesses must also have firearms licences, and all restricted and prohibited firearms in a business inventory must be registered.
The civilian version of the new military rifle for the Canadian Rangers will be in stores from October for about $2,700.
The number of Canadian licences for handguns, AR-15 rifles and other so-called “restricted” firearms rose to 497,686 at the end of June, the RCMP said today in an e-mailed response to questions by TheGunBlog.ca.
That’s an increase of 26,163 from Dec. 31, and the highest level on record. At that rate, the number of “restricted” licence holders today exceeds the symbolic level of 500,000. (Woo-hoo!)
Canada assigns guns to three classes: non-restricted, restricted, and prohibited, with different laws, rules and licences for each type. In total, more than 2 million Canadians had licences at the end of December, as more men and women sought guns for recreation, competition, hunting and collecting.
The CBC published a related article last week.