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Canada. 2017 ‘Licensing.’ 2016 Commissioner of Firearms Report. Ottawa ON: Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 16 May
Individuals who possess or use firearms must be licensed, unless an individual is using a firearm under the direct and immediate supervision of a licensed holder. Similarly, all individuals who acquire firearms or ammunition must be licensed. There are two types of firearms licences available to individuals in Canada:
1. The Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) is the only licence available to new applicants 18 and older.
2. The Minor's Licence allows individuals between the ages of 12 and 17 to use, but not acquire, a firearm.
There were 2,076,840 individual licence holders in Canada as of December 31, 2016 (Table 4). More specifically, the CFP issued 406,592 individual licences, including new licences and renewals, in 2016 (Table 5).