This kind of throws a different slant on the perception the west is the home of most guns. Turns out there are lots of 'em in urban eastern Canada and Alberta lags far behind.
"OTTAWA -- Dave Copping has a dream for his daughter.
He doesn't imagine her playing hockey for Team Canada or signing a rich professional sports contract.
Instead, he hopes seven-year-old Kenzie, who has Down syndrome, will one day fire a gun at a bull's eye in the Special Olympics.
"She's a bright little thing," Copping said. "I honestly think, given the chance and the right training, she could probably do very well at it."
Amid the manicured lawns of Newmarket, Ont., his passion for guns and shooting is not as atypical as it might appear.
While the per capita rate of gun ownership in Canada is highest in rural areas and lowest in large cities, Copping is among the vast block of suburban gun owners who fall somewhere in the middle.
He's a suburbanite who shoots for fun, not the farm.
In the area where Copping lives, there are 149 guns for every 1,000 people -- three times the rate of nearby Toronto (50 guns per 1,000 residents) and well ahead of Montreal (85 per 1,000) and Ottawa (101 per 1,000).
While the gun registry shows a higher per capita rate of gun ownership in northern and rural areas, the more densely populated urban and suburban areas still account for the greater share of Canada's seven million registered firearms.
About 60 per cent of Canada's guns are registered in urban or suburban postal code zones. Some of these gun owners find their hobby isn't always accepted by their neighbours.
- Excluding the Northern Territories and Nunavut, Saskatchewan has the highest concentration of guns, with 361 for every 1,000 in population.
- Prince Edward Island has the fewest guns per 1,000 people (177), followed by Ontario (193) and British Columbia (217).
- With an ownership rate of 280 per 1,000 people, Alberta has fewer guns per capita than eight other provinces and territories.
Data from the federal gun registry.”