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Canadian Personal Guns Registered With RCMP Rise Above 1 Million

TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian men and women own more than 1 million personal guns registered with the federal police, according to RCMP data, exceeding the symbolic threshold for the first time as shooting sports rise in popularity. Individuals with RCMP-authorized firearm licences owned 1,029,971 so-called “Restricted” and “Prohibited” handguns, rifles and shotguns as of April 30,…

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Canadian Individuals Own 66,262 AR-15 Rifles, RCMP Says

TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian individuals own 66,262 AR-15 and related rifles classified as “Restricted,” said the federal agency in charge of licensing shooters and registering their guns. Businesses had 12,000 and museums owned 25, for a total of 78,287 such firearms at April 30, Marie Damian, a spokeswoman for the Ottawa-based Royal Canadian Mounted Police, told…

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One Person in Canada Has Authorization To Carry Guns, RCMP Says

TheGunBlog.ca — One person in Canada has a so-called “Authorization To Carry” (ATC) loaded guns for personal protection against human attackers, Dennis Young reported today, based on a special filing he obtained from the federal police. That’s one person less than the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in October. The Ottawa-based RCMP’s Canadian Firearms Program…

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How Statistics Canada Shapes Gun Politics and Perceptions

TheGunBlog.ca — On Aug. 27, less than 24 hours before Canada’s prime minister ordered the examination of a “full ban” on more than a million guns owned by hunters, farmers and sport shooters, Statistics Canada published a special report: “Firearm-related violent crime, 2009 to 2017.” On Sept. 4, StatCan Chief Statistician Anil Arora wrote to…

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‘Straw Buyers:’ Under 2 People Charged Per Year, Research Shows

TheGunBlog.ca — Fewer than two Canadians a year are charged with making so-called “straw purchases” of guns, according to a researcher who analyzed public reports. Here’s a look at the numbers in context, why the RCMP doesn’t have the data, and what it all means. Summary No stats. Canada doesn’t have any official statistics on…

14 Stats You Should Know About Guns and Crime: Senator Don Plett

TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian Senator Don Plett, a leading defender of hunters, farmers and sport shooters, published the following facts and statistics about firearms and crime on Jan. 4 on his website, DonPlett.ca. The article is reprinted here with permission. About Senator Plett Plett delivered a devastating critique of Bill C-71, the government’s planned law against lawful…

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About 1% of Canadian Voters Own a Handgun, Globe Reports

TheGunBlog.ca — About 1 percent of Canadian voters own a handgun or AR-15 rifle, according to calculations by TheGunBlog.ca based on a report today by the Globe and Mail. The relatively low percentage may encourage the governing Liberal Party to push through the new prohibitions it’s considering on civilian handgun ownership. Only 293,000 men and…

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Gang Shooting Homicide Rate Doubles Since Liberals Took Office

TheGunBlog.ca — Fatal gang shootings rose in Canada for a third straight year in 2017, Statistics Canada said today. They almost doubled as a share of total homicides since 2015, the year the Liberal Party was elected to government. “The proportion of gang-related homicides committed with a firearm has been steadily increasing since 2015,” the…

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Two Canadians Have ‘Authorization To Carry’ Guns, Filing Shows

TheGunBlog.ca — Two people in Canada have an Authorization To Carry loaded handguns for personal protection, also known as a “concealed-carry permit,” according to a letter from the federal police that was shared today on Reddit. The Authorization To Carry, or ATC, requires permission from the Canadian Firearms Program of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police….

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Handgun, Semi-Auto Ban Could Wipe Out $2 Billion From Gun Owners

TheGunBlog.ca — The Canadian government’s possible ban on handguns and semi-automatic long guns such as SKS, AR-15 and FN-FAL rifles could wipe out more than $2 billion of guns and gear in private hands, based on estimates by TheGunBlog.ca. The estimates project only the value of firearms and equipment such as cartridge magazines, holsters and specialized…

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More Than a Third of Toronto Police ‘Crime Guns’ Aren’t Firearms

TheGunBlog.ca — More than a third of the so-called “crime guns” seized by Toronto police last year weren’t firearms, and many were never used in a crime, according to an analysis of police data obtained by Dennis Young, fuelling new concern about the reliability of statistics. The data show 469, or 65 percent, of the…

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‘Restricted’ Firearm Ownership Rose to Record in June

TheGunBlog.ca — The number of so-called “Restricted” handguns and rifles owned by Canadian individuals rose to a record in June after more than five years of uninterrupted monthly increases, as federally licensed gun owners bought semi-automatic pistols and rifles for plinking, recreation and competition.

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Toronto ‘Crime Guns’ Traced to Canada Fell to New Low in 2017

TheGunBlog.ca — Toronto police data show the percentage of so-called “crime guns” traced to Canada fell for a second straight year in 2017 to the lowest level in at least four years, contrasting with claims that outlaws are getting more of their firearms from domestic sources.

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Gun Licences Rise to Record in June After 21 Quarterly Increases

TheGunBlog.ca — The number of Canadian men and women with a gun licence rose to a record at the end of June after 21 consecutive quarterly increases. People are applying for the permits to go plinking or hunting with family and friends and to compete in shooting sports across the country and the world. The…

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February Gun Imports Decline to Lowest in Six Years

TheGunBlog.ca — Canadian gun imports, an indirect measure of the strength of the firearm industry, fell to the lowest February in six years, with rifles, shotguns and handguns all down. It was only the second time in the past six months that shipments exceeded $10 million, as companies prepare for another year of turbulence.

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Gun Imports 2017: Overview of the Firearm Industry in Charts

TheGunBlog.ca — Canada imports almost all the guns and ammunition sold in the country, making import data a key indicator of the industry. Companies keep their accounts private, so the figures published by Statistics Canada are one of the only windows into the market. Following are more than a dozen charts and factoids (below the…