2006 Annual Report of the Canada Firearms Centre
The Centre has been a service of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since May 2006. Prior to that date, it had been a stand-alone agency. The transfer was intended by the government to bring about a more effective alignment of gun control measures with inter-agency law-enforcement efforts to combat gun crime.
Among the highlights for 2006:
- as of December 31, 2006, there were 7,102,466 registered firearms in Canada;
- approximately 176,000 individuals were subject to firearms-prohibition court orders;
- the Canadian Firearms Registry Online, a database available to police agencies to respond to emergencies and to assist in investigations, received 6,432 queries per day in 2006, for a total of 2,347,680 firearms-related queries from police about things such as the serial number or registration certificate number of a firearm, or the name and address of an individual and the number and type of guns that person owned