OTTAWA — Newly released statistics show violent crime involving firearms dropped five per cent in Canada between 2020 and 2021.
According to Statistics Canada, violent crime in general went up four per cent, but a decrease in firearm-related crime in urban areas, including Toronto, led to the drop in violent crime with guns.
In Toronto, the rate of firearm-related crime was 22 per cent lower in 2021 than the year prior.
However, across the country the rate of firearm-related violent crime was 25 per cent higher than 10 years earlier.
The agency says handguns were involved in 54 per cent of violent crime with firearms, making them the most-used firearm in violent crimes last year.
MPs are studying legislation to further restrict the availability of what the government considers assault-style firearms, and federal regulations aimed at capping the number of handguns in Canada are already in effect.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 12, 2022.
The Canadian Press