One gun for every four people, owned by 6 percent of Canadians.

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The Canadian public loves its guns, and has a sizable arsenal to prove it.

According to the Canadian Firearms Centre, there are more than 7.6 million registered firearms in Canada, about one gun for every four Canadians.

More than 1.8 million Canadians – about six per cent of the population – have valid gun licences, with the largest concentrations in Atlantic Canada and the North.

The Yukon stacks up as the most gun-loving area of the country, with more than 84 guns per 100 people.

Newfoundland has the secondhighest rate with 41 per 100 population, and Nova Scotia is third with 34 per 100 population. Similar rates are found in the Prairies.

British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario and P.E.I. have the lowest ownership rates, at 23, 22, 19 and 18 guns per 100 population, respectively.

Source: Jeff Davis for the Montreal Gazette.

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