Combined Facts and Figures from the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program from the years 2010 to 2014.
A simple analysis shows that the number of Firearm Licences in Canada increased by 153,862 or nearly 9% during the 4 year period. That represents an increase of nearly 3% per 100,000 population. The highest increases were in Alberta and BC that had 22% and 18% increases in licenses respectively. New Brunswick and PEI had a decrease of just over 5000 licences in the same time period. The popularity of shooting is increasing using legal restricted firearm ownership as an indicator. The number of restricted firearms increased by 251,640 or 53% in Canada between 2010 and 2014. Alberta represents the largest increase in ownership with an increase of 68,462 legal restricted firearms or 83% in the same time period. No provinces saw a decrease in the number of restricted firearms since data was available in 2010. Between 2012 and 2014 Canada's legal restricted and prohibited firearms ownership increased by 417 firearms per 100,000 population to a total of 2,724 legal restricted and prohibited firearms per 100,000 people, an increase of 18%.
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