More than a million restricted, prohibited guns in Canada

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A year and a half after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government came to office promising to tighten Canada’s gun laws, there are now more than a million restricted and prohibited firearms across the country.

The number of restricted firearms in Canada rose 5.5 per cent last year, reaching its highest point in more than a decade, according to the annual report from the RCMP’s commissioner of firearms. There are now 839,295 restricted firearms, many of them handguns.

The number of prohibited firearms in Canada, such as fully automatic guns, edged up 0.5 per cent to 183,333

According to the report, the biggest increases in the number of restricted guns occurred in Newfoundland and Labrador (10.4 per cent), the Northwest Territories (10.4 per cent), Saskatchewan (9.3 per cent), Yukon (8.9 per cent) and Nova Scotia (8.8 per cent).

The only area of Canada where the number of restricted firearms declined was Nunavut where ownership dropped 6.3 per cent.

The smallest increases were in Manitoba (1.3 per cent) and Ontario (1.8 per cent)

The government no longer registers or reports the number of non-restricted firearms such as shotguns and rifles.

While the number of prohibited firearms are, in theory, supposed to remain the same or gradually decline over time as owners whose guns were grandfathered die or give them up, the number of prohibited firearms actually rose.

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More than a million restricted, prohibited guns in Canada

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