New data from Statistics Canada show the rate of firearms-related crime in Canada and the number of victims are declining. Incidents involving firearms accounted for 2 per cent of all victims of police-reported violent crime in 2012, Statscan reported. Police reported approximately 5,600 victims of violent crime where a firearm was present in 2012, about 1,800 fewer victims of firearm-related violent crime than 2009. Quebec is excluded from the report due to data-quality issues.
In comparison, the rate of non-firearm-related violent crime was about 49 times higher, at 1,033 victims per 100,000 population, Statscan reported. Since 2009, the rate of violent offences involving other weapons has decreased 9 per cent, while the rate of offences involving the use of physical force, threat, or no weapon has decreased 14 per cent.
Highlights from Firearms and violent crime in Canada, 2012 (PDF)
Halifax has the highest rate of firearm-related violence
Gangs make up nearly half of all firearm-related deaths
Firearms more likely to be used by a stranger
One in five accused of a firearms-related crime is under 18
Editor's note: The spelling of Thunder Bay has been corrected in the first chart.
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