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Alpers, Philip. 2016 ‘Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms and of Privately Owned Firearms - Canada.’ Number of Registered Firearms, Canada. Sydney: GunPolicy.org. 15 December

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Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms and of Privately Owned Firearms - Canada

GunPolicy.org calculations:

[Editor's Note: The abolition of Canada's long gun registry in 2011/12 exempted most private firearms from registration. In 2012, in the absence of an accurate baseline count of registered firearms, GunPolicy.org ceased to calculate the total number of firearms and possession rates for time series and cross-national comparisons].

Year: Number of Registered Firearms
2011: 7,835,753
2010: 7,621,150
2009: 7,459,504
2008: 7,313,247

Year: Calculated Estimate of Illicit Firearms (UNODC)1
2011: 783,575
2010: 762,115
2009: 745,950
2008: 731,325

Year: Calculated Estimate of Privately Owned Firearms (UNODC)2
2011: 8,619,328
2010: 8,383,265
2009: 8,205,454
2008: 8,044,572

[Calculated Estimate of Illicit Firearms = Number of Registered Firearms x 10% (UNODC)
Calculated Estimate of Privately Owned Firearms = Number of Registered Firearms + UNODC Estimate of Illicit Firearms]

ID: Q13230

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