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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Canada is 9,950,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Canada is 30.81 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Canada, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 3,500,0002

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Canada, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 2,600,0002

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

In Canada, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be 1,100,0002

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Canada ranked at No. 123

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Canada ranked at No. 131

Proportion of Households with Firearms

ChartIn Canada, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004/05: 15.5%4
1999/2003: 17.0%
1995/98: 20.8%
1992: 24.2%5
1992/94: 26.0%4
1989: 31.0%

Proportion of Households with Rifles

In Canada, the percentage of households with one or more rifles is reported to be

1992: 19.3%5

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

In Canada, the percentage of households with one or more shotguns is reported to be

1992: 15.4%5

Proportion of Households with Handguns

ChartIn Canada, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2004/05: 2.9%4
1999/2003: 1.8%
1995/98: 2.3%
1992/94: 3.9%4 5
1989: 5.2%4

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Canada is reported to be

2014: 1,989,1816
2013: 1,960,3807
2012: 1,938,080
2011: 1,902,815
2010: 1,848,000
2009: 1,843,913
2008: 1,859,501

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Canada is

2014: 5.946
2013: 5.678
2012: 5.65
2011: 5.59
2010: 5.47
2009: 5.51
2008: 5.60

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Canada is reported to be

2014: 911,7899 10 11
2013: 847,31212 10 11
2012: 767,019
2011: 7,835,75312
2010: 7,621,15012 13
2009: 7,459,50412
2008: 7,313,247

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Canada is

2014: 2.729 10 11
2013: 2.458 10 11
2012: 2.24
2011: 23.038
2010: 22.578 13
2009: 22.288
2008: 22.02

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Canada are reported to have 233,94914 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Canada are reported to have 125,05615 16 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Canada, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2011: 69817 18
2010: 777
2009: 735
2008: 747
2007: 744
2006: 798
2005: 839
2004: 767
2003: 813
2002: 827
2001: 86017 18 19
2000: 89817 18

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2011: 2.058
2010: 2.30
2009: 2.19
2008: 2.25
2007: 2.26
2006: 2.44
2005: 2.59
2004: 2.39
2003: 2.55
2002: 2.61
2001: 2.74
2000: 2.89

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Canada, annual homicides by any means total

2014: 51620
2013: 50520 21
2012: 54321 22 23
2011: 59821 24 22 25
2010: 55421 24 22 25 26
2009: 61021 24 22 25 26 27
2008: 61121 24 22 25 26 27
2007: 59421 24 22 25 26 27 28
2006: 60621 24 22 25 26 27
2005: 663
2004: 624
2003: 549
2002: 582
2001: 553
2000: 546
1999: 53821 25
1998: 558
1997: 586
1996: 635
1995: 588
1994: 59620
1993: 627
1992: 732
1991: 754
1990: 660
1989: 657
1988: 576
1987: 644

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2014: 1.4520
2013: 1.4421
2012: 1.5621 22 23
2011: 1.7421 22 25
2010: 1.6321 22 25 26
2009: 1.8121 22 25 26 27
2008: 1.84
2007: 1.8121 22 25 26 27 28
2006: 1.8621 22 25 26 27
2005: 2.06
2004: 1.95
2003: 1.74
2002: 1.86
2001: 1.78
2000: 1.78
1999: 1.7721 25
1998: 1.85
1997: 1.96
1996: 2.14
1995: 2.01
1994: 2.0621
1993: 2.19
1992: 2.58
1991: 2.69
1990: 2.38
1989: 2.41
1988: 2.15
1987: 2.43

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Canada, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 13117
2012: 172
2011: 15817 22
2010: 17117 22 29
2009: 18217 22 25 29
2008: 201
2007: 18817 22 25 28 29
2006: 19017 22 25 29
2005: 223
2004: 17317 25 29
2003: 161
2002: 152
2001: 171
2000: 18417 25
1999: 165
1998: 151
1997: 18625
1996: 207
1995: 168

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.388
2012: 0.50
2011: 0.46
2010: 0.518 29
2009: 0.548 25 29 27
2008: 0.61
2007: 0.578 25 29 27 28
2006: 0.588 25 29 27
2005: 0.69
2004: 0.548 25 29 27
2003: 0.508 25 29
2002: 0.48
2001: 0.54
2000: 0.59
1999: 0.548 25
1998: 0.49
1997: 0.625
1996: 0.7
1995: 0.6
1992: 0.7630

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn Canada, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2013: 27%17
2012: 33%17 23
2011: 27%17 22
2010: 39%
2009: 31%
2008: 34%
2007: 33%
2006: 32%
2005: 34%
2004: 28%17
2003: 31%
2002: 27%
2001: 31%
2000: 34%
1999: 31%
1998: 27%
1997: 35.6%25
1996: 36.0%
1995: 31.2%

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Canada, annual handgun homicides total

2013: 8617
2012: 107
2011: 9417 18
2010: 101
2009: 113
2008: 124
2007: 126
2006: 110
2005: 130
2004: 112
2003: 110
2002: 98
2001: 110
2000: 107
1999: 8917
1998: 70

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.258
2012: 0.31
2011: 0.28
2010: 0.30
2009: 0.34
2008: 0.37
2007: 0.38
2006: 0.34
2005: 0.40
2004: 0.35
2003: 0.34
2002: 0.31
2001: 0.35
2000: 0.34
1999: 0.29
1998: 0.23

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Canada, annual long gun homicides total

2013: 3917
2012: 48
2011: 4517 18
2010: 50
2009: 46
2008: 52
2007: 49
2006: 63
2005: 70
2004: 52
2003: 45
2002: 46
2001: 53
2000: 69
1999: 6417
1998: 65

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.118
2012: 0.14
2011: 0.13
2010: 0.15
2009: 0.14
2008: 0.16
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.19
2005: 0.22
2004: 0.16
2003: 0.14
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.17
2000: 0.22
1999: 0.21
1998: 0.21

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Canada, annual gun homicides (other) total

2013: 617
2012: 17
2011: 1917 18
2010: 20
2009: 23
2008: 25
2007: 13
2006: 17
2005: 23
2004: 9
2003: 6
2002: 8
2001: 8
2000: 8
1999: 1217
1998: 16

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of gun homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.028
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.07
2008: 0.08
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.07
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.04
1998: 0.05

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Canada, annual suicides by any means total

2011: 3,72624
2010: 3,948
2009: 3,885
2008: 3,70024 31
2007: 3,60824 31 32
2006: 3,511
2005: 3,741
2004: 3,613
2003: 3,764
2002: 3,648
2001: 3,68824 31 32
2000: 3,605
1999: 4,07419

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2011: 10.958
2010: 11.69
2009: 11.60
2008: 11.148 31
2007: 10.958 31 32
2006: 10.75
2005: 11.55
2004: 11.24
2003: 11.80
2002: 11.53
2001: 11.75
2000: 11.59
1999: 12.9319
1992: 13.1933

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Canada, annual firearm suicides total

2011: 51818
2010: 587
2009: 531
2008: 518
2007: 534
2006: 586
2005: 593
2004: 568
2003: 618
2002: 633
2001: 651
2000: 685

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2011: 1.528
2010: 1.74
2009: 1.59
2008: 1.60
2007: 1.62
2006: 1.79
2005: 1.83
2004: 1.77
2003: 1.94
2002: 2.00
2001: 2.078 19
2000: 2.208
1992: 3.7234

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Canada, annual handgun suicides total

2011: 2518
2010: 42
2009: 42
2008: 33
2007: 13
2006: 25
2005: 13
2004: 18
2003: 20
2002: 15
2001: 15
2000: 16

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.078
2010: 0.12
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.08
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.06
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.05
2001: 0.05
2000: 0.05

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Canada, the number of long gun suicides is

2011: 16618
2010: 242
2009: 215
2008: 243
2007: 125
2006: 129
2005: 120
2004: 125
2003: 107
2002: 127
2001: 123
2000: 131

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.498
2010: 0.72
2009: 0.64
2008: 0.73
2007: 0.38
2006: 0.40
2005: 0.37
2004: 0.39
2003: 0.36
2002: 0.40
2001: 0.39
2000: 0.42

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Canada, annual gun suicides (other) total

2011: 32718
2010: 303
2009: 274
2008: 242
2007: 396
2006: 432
2005: 460
2004: 425
2003: 491
2002: 491
2001: 513
2000: 538

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.968
2010: 0.90
2009: 0.82
2008: 0.73
2007: 1.20
2006: 1.31
2005: 1.42
2004: 1.32
2003: 1.54
2002: 1.55
2001: 1.63
2000: 1.73

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Canada, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2011: 1618 35
2010: 1118
2009: 10
2008: 20
2007: 17
2006: 17
2005: 17
2004: 23
2003: 27
2002: 31
2001: 2818 19
2000: 2018

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.058
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.08
2002: 0.10
2001: 0.098 19
2000: 0.06
1992: 0.2236

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Canada, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2011: 018
2010: 0
2009: 1
2008: 3
2007: 1
2006: 0
2005: 1
2004: 0
2003: 1
2002: 0
2001: 1
2000: 1

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.008
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.00

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Canada, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2011: 618
2010: 6
2009: 5
2008: 8
2007: 7
2006: 8
2005: 4
2004: 5
2003: 6
2002: 6
2001: 3
2000: 1

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.028
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.00

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Canada, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2011: 1018
2010: 5
2009: 4
2008: 9
2007: 9
2006: 9
2005: 12
2004: 18
2003: 20
2002: 25
2001: 24
2000: 18

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.038
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.08
2001: 0.08
2000: 0.06

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Canada, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2011: 618
2010: 8
2009: 12
2008: 8
2007: 5
2006: 5
2005: 6
2004: 3
2003: 7
2002: 11
2001: 10
2000: 9

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.028
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.03
1992: 0.0737

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Canada, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2011: 018
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 0
2007: 1
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 0
2003: 1
2002: 0
2001: 0
2000: 1

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.008
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.00

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Canada, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2011: 118
2010: 0
2009: 1
2008: 3
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 4
2004: 0
2003: 1
2002: 2
2001: 1
2000: 1

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.008
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.01
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.00

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Canada, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2011: 518
2010: 7
2009: 10
2008: 5
2007: 3
2006: 4
2005: 2
2004: 3
2003: 5
2002: 9
2001: 9
2000: 7

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Canada, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.018
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.02

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Canada, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Canada was ranked 'small'52

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Regulation of Firearm Exports

In Canada, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Canada is reported by Customs to be US$91,375,68561 (2011)62 63 64 65 66

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Canada was categorized as 'major'67 68 66 69

Regulation of Firearm Imports

In Canada, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law53 54 55 70 71 58 59 60 72 73

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Canada is reported by Customs to be US$274,795,49361 (2011)74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Canada is moderate82 83

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Canada, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are not specifically regulated by law84 85 86 87 88

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Canada include54 89 71 90 91 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

ChartIn its annual Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, the Small Arms Survey compares public reporting among major arms exporting nations on a scale from strong to weak (25 to zero). In recent years, Canada scored

2014: 10.2592
2013: 11.7593
2012: 12.2594
2011: 11.7595
2010: 12.2596
2009: 12.2597
2008: 12.0098
2007: 11.2599
2006: 10.25100
2005: 11.50101
2004: 11.50102

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Canada is categorised as restrictive103

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Canada includes the Firearms Act,104 Authorizations to Transport Restricted and Prohibited Firearms Regulations,105 Firearms Licences Regulations,106 Conditions of Transferring Firearms Regulations,107 Firearms Marking Regulations,108 Firearms Records Regulations,109 110 111 Criminal Code,112 113 Export and Import Permits Act,114 the Defence Production Act,115 116 and United Nations Act117

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Canada are regulated by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Justice,104 the Department of Public Works and Government Services,118 Chief Firearms Officers38 119 120 and the Firearms Registrar55

Right to Possess Firearms

In Canada, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law121 122 120

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Canada, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms except those registered before 1978,123 124 handguns with a barrel of 105mm or less in length, specifically modified handguns, rifles or shotguns,124 125 42 and certain types of ammunition126

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Canada, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, except those registered before 1978123 124 23

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Canada, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence124 127

Regulation of Handguns

In Canada, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence123 124 128 129 23

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Canada, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law124 23

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Canada, only licensed gun owners120 130 131 23 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Canada are not required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm except when the licence concerns prohibited123 and restricted firearms132 128 124

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Canada is 18 years or 12 years, with limitations133 134

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Canada must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, addiction and domestic violence120 135 23 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Canada, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required136 135

Partner to be Advised or Interviewed

In Canada, licensing authorities are required136 135 137 to conduct interviews with, or to advise an applicant's spouse, partner, or next of kin before issuing a gun licence

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Canada stipulates120 136 138 139 137 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Canada, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required127 140 141 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Canada, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five years142 143

Licensing Records

In Canada, authorities maintain a record55 144 145 141 146 147 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Canada are permitted to possess any number of firearms86 87 88 148

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Canada are permitted to possess any quantity of ammunition86 87 88 148

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Canada, the law requires (for prohibited and restricted firearms only124)149 111 150 151 152 55 144 145 153 154 155 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Canada, licensed firearm dealers are required156 55 157 158 159 51 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Canada, licensed gun makers are required55 158 51 160 161 147 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Canada, State agencies are required162 141 146 41 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Canada, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted156 157 159 158

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Canada, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful38 156 157 158 159

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Canada is not obliged156 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Canada is not obliged156 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Canada, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days on first application for a licence, but none for subsequent acquisitions163 156

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Canada, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated164 165 166 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Canada include167 168 169 170 171 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Canada include172 173 174 175 171 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Canada include176 171 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Canada include166 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Canada, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law185 186 187 188 50 189

Firearm Tracing

In Canada, state authorities carry out190 160 161 191 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Canada, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not192 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Canada, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit.132 128 129 23 Such permits are rarely granted

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Canada, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm193 is five to 10 years in prison194 195 196 138 197 198 199 39 200 201 202 203 204

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Canada are known to have205 206 207 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn Canada, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2014: 27,989208
2013: 30,877209
2012: 32,063210
2011: 48,904207 211
2010: 45,550207 212

Small Arms Destroyed

ChartIn Canada, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2011: 32,267213 207
2010: 35,592
2009: 20,557214 15

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Canada, it is state policy215 216 213 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Organization of American States

On 14 November 1997, as a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Canada adopted the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Explosives, Ammunition and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), a legally binding multilateral treaty of which the OAS is depository. The CIFTA Convention has since been signed, but not yet ratified217 218 219 by Canada

United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The UNCCPCJ, a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council mandated to promote action to prevent national and transnational crime, lists220 Canada as an elected member

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development, was signed in 2006221 by Canada.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has not been signed222 by Canada

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has been signed, but not yet ratified223 by Canada

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Canada committed to a consensus decision of the United Nations to adopt, support and implement the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects224 217

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Canada against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 20225 226 227 228 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Canada has submitted one or more national reports229 230 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Canada, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated231 230

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Canada, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated231

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Canada submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent231 230

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated230 by Canada to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Canada has declared232 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Canada has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945233

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists234 217 Canada as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

For a profile of conflict in Canada, select the Link icon to open an external web page from the UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia at Uppsala University

Global Peace Index

To see where Canada ranks, select the Link icon to open an external web page at the Global Peace Index


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