One researcher asked where to find the numbers of licensed firearm owners.
The best source for these numbers that I’m aware of is the annual Commissioner of Firearms Report published by the RCMP.
Annual Reports for 2015-2019 from the RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms are available in HTML format on the RCMP’s website: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/firearms/firearms-reports
PDF versions of the RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report for 2006 thru 2019 are available here: http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/9.506252/publication.html
PDF versions of the Commissioner of Firearms Report for 2003 thru 2005 available here: http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/9.507769/publication.html
You may also download any or all of these annual reports in PDF format using the direct links below:
- 2003 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2004 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2005 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2006 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2007 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2008 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2009 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2010 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2011 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2012 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2013 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2014 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2015 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2016 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2017 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2018 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2019 RCMP’s Commissioner of Firearms Report
- 2020 – coming soon
Brian Sauvé, President of the National Police Federation, was interviewed by Todd MacKay of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation about the Gun Confiscation Compensation proposed by the Liberal Government.
“We’re not saying that we support firearm ownership. What we’re saying is we support fair, transparent, evidence-driven decisions by government that are going to really address a problem in society.”
“And that’s the root behind this position paper. It’s really to shine a spotlight on gun violence in Canada and where do those guns come from?
“And should we be devoting our tax dollars through the government to perhaps stem the tide of where those guns are coming from, perhaps increase enforcement, before we go down the regulation process to impact everyday Canadians that have gone through all the regulatory steps to own and possess firearms?”
[Download NPF Position Paper] [View PDF below video]
View National Police Federation Position Paper: Gun Violence and Public Safety in Canada
FEDERAL COURT AFFIDAVIT OF MURRAY SMITH, RCMP FIREARMS FORENSIC SCIENTIST (RETIRED) MANAGER, SPECIALIZED FIREARMS SUPPORT SERVICES (“SFSS”) WITHIN THE CANADIAN FIREARMS PROGRAM (“CFP”) BETWEEN APPLICANTS CHRISTINE GENEROUX, JOHN PEROCCHIO, AND VINCENT R. R. PEROCCHIO AND ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA COURT FILE NO. T-735-20 – OCTOBER 9, 2020
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: FINAL ATTACK AGAINST LIBERAL FIREARM BAN EMPLOYS TOUGH TALK IN COURT DOC – But Generoux’s application, supported by her two co-applicants, is no-holds-barred. They argue the government has over-exaggerated the risk to public safety from licensed firearm owners, noting the extremely low crime rate in the licensed and highly regulated firearm community. The application points out death and injury in other sports. “If the deaths surrounding firearms are such a public safety risk, why are the deaths surrounding swimming pools, motorcycles or other forms of sport and leisure items not considered a public safety risk?” their notice of application asks. By Tim Naumetz. iPolitics – Published on Aug 7, 2020 – https://ipolitics.ca/2020/08/07/final-attack-against-liberal-firearm-ban-employs-tough-talk-in-court-doc/
Canada Border Services Agency ATIP response received by William Gilliland dated August 12, 2020
- Annual number for firearms smuggling broken down by province/territories
- Method/mode of smuggling (vehicle, water, air, person, etc)
- Number of people charged/convicted or smuggling (with citizenship information if possible)
- Firearms smuggled broken down by type and country of origin
• “The Governor in Council is not of the opinion that any thing prescribed to be a prohibited firearm or a prohibited device, in the Annexed Regulations, is reasonable for use in Canada for hunting or sporting purposes…” – SOR/2020-96: The Liberal government’s Order in Council immediately Prohibiting 1,500 makes and models of guns owned by federally-licenced RCMP-vetted firearm owners because they are “not suitable for hunting.”
• “There will be an exception for indigenous peoples exercising a section 35 hunting right.” – Justice Minister David Lametti, May 1, 2020 Press Conference
Published May 21, 2020 by Christopher di Armani – “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” – George Orwell, Animal Farm
THE FRASER INSTITUTE BLOG: FEDERAL FIREARMS BAN MISSES MARK—BADLY
Police report that between 70 and 90 per cent of guns used in violent crimes in Canada are smuggled, mainly from the U.S. Gang violence is a growing threat to public safety. According to StatsCan, one quarter (24 per cent) of all homicides were gang-related in 2018, up from 16 per cent in 2015, and licensed firearms owners are much less likely to commit murder than other Canadians. The evidence strongly suggests this gun ban won’t make us safer. If the prime minister wants to stop gun violence, he should encourage the provinces and municipalities to hire more police officers or improve screening at the border to prevent gun smuggling. But this ban targets the law-abiding, not the criminal. Author: Gary Mauser, THE FRASER FORUM – May 14, 2020 CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE FOR THE FULL TEXT.
A COLLABORATIVE RESPONSE TO A COMPREHENSIVE ATTACK
In a rare show of unity, over 50 Canadian organizations, representing millions of members, from every province across the country, have joined forces in opposing the arbitrary and punitive “gun ban” by a government who fails to address crime. This is just the first step in a collaborative reaction, to a very comprehensive attack. EXCERPT: On behalf of our combined memberships. On May 1, 2020 the Government of Canada, by OIC, did prohibit a large number of firearms previously legally owned in Canada by licensed firearms owners, with the impending threat of additional bans. As a result, we have collaborated on this effort to condemn the actions of this government and demand a credible plan to focus on crime. Among our many objections, here are our three main concerns: By Tracey Wilson, Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights – May 14, 2020 CLICK ON LINK ABOVE TO READ THE REST.
This is a lengthy and detailed evaluation of the firearm policy statements made by each candidate in the Conservative Party’s leadership race.
KEY POINTS & DETAILED ANALYSIS – Published May 11, 2020 by Christopher di Armani
• Dr. Leslyn Lewis
• Derek Sloan
• Erin O’Toole
• Peter MacKay