Canada Gun Imports Rise 25% in January – September, Led By Shotguns From Italy

TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian gun imports rose 25% in the first nine months of 2021, led by shotguns from Italy. The value of rifles coming from Finland and handguns from the Czech Republic also increased.

Highlights (Jan – Sep 2021)

  • Total Gun Imports: +25% to $144 million.
    • Shotguns From Italy: More than doubled to $13.8 million.
  • Total Ammo Imports: +10% to $104.7 million.
  • Full-Year Outlook: Inbound firearm shipments are on course for their first annual increase in four years, as government-licensed gun users invest more on gear for protection, recreation, competition, hunting, collecting, and other activities.

Data Source

  • Statistics Canada – Trade Data Online, 04 November 2021
  • StatCan publishes the value and quantity of imports from each country. It doesn’t include the brand, manufacturer or importer.

Why It Matters

Canada is almost entirely dependent on imports for its supplies of guns and ammo.

  • The country’s 2.2 million adults with a federal firearm licence buy almost 1,000 new guns a day on average, and almost all of them are imported.
  • Import stats are one of the only publicly available economic indicators of the firearm industry.
  • Import stats are the only publicly available indicator of overall shopping trends in the firearm market.

Data Table

(CAD Million)

Firearm Type% ChangeJan-Sep 2020Jan-Sep 2021
Muzzle Loaders+15.9%$0.99$1.15

Top Three Countries of Origin (Jan – Sep 2021)

  • Rifles
    1. U.S.A.
    2. Finland
    3. Japan
  • Shotguns
    1. Italy
    2. Turkey
    3. U.S.A.
  • Handguns
    1. U.S.A.
    2. Czech Republic
    3. Italy
  • Ammunition
    1. U.S.A.
    2. Germany
    3. Norway


Source: Canada Gun Facts and Stats