A new poll by Forum Research Inc. paints a picture of the drastic difference in gun ownership between the U.S. and Canada.
In a survey of 1,429 voters, 17 per cent of respondents said they owned firearms.
The Forum poll found that owning a gun was especially common among young men, the wealthy, Conservatives, Alberta and Prairie residents, and those who "would abolish the Monarchy."
“We are a far cry from the U.S., where there are as many guns as people," said Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research in a release.
"In our country, gun ownership seems localized where it makes the most sense, in primarily rural regions and in the west where there are varmints to kill."
Unlike the U.S., gun ownership is not a constitutional right in Canada. Canadians must hold a licence — which varies based on the gun's classification — in order to own a firearm.
According to The Washington Post, the number of guns in the U.S. reached 310 million in 2009. That was the first time the number of firearms surpassed the country's population.
'Significant' spike in Quebec
One part of the poll indicated a surprising revelation. The survey found a "statistically significant" spike in gun ownership among Quebecois and Francophones.
Thirteen per cent of respondents in Quebec said they owned a handgun or handguns, while only two per cent of Ontario respondents claimed they owned a handgun.
The polling firm says the survey's results, released Wednesday, are considered accurate plus or minus three per cent, 19 times out of 20.
You can read more of the poll's findings here.
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Mexican law allows civilians to possess handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons, but only with a license. Valid reasons to request a license are hunting, target shooting, rodeo riding, collection, personal protection, or employment. Applicants must pass a background check and renew their licenses every two years. Nearly 70 percent of weapons found at Mexican crime scenes can be traced back to the United States, according to CNN. Photo credit: LUCAS CASTRO/AFP/Getty Images
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Canadians can possess handguns, but need authorization to carry them. Possession of automatic weapons is prohibited (except when the weapon was bought before 1978) and semi-automatic weapons are tolerated in exceptional cases. Applicants for a license must pass background test, must follow a safety course and be certified by a firearms officer. Licenses are up for renewal every 5 years. Caption: Rifles are lined up as athletes prepare to compete in the women's Biathlon 4x6 km relay at the Whistler Olympic Park during the Vancouver Winter Olympics on February 23, 2010. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Brazil has strict gun laws. Gun holders need to be 25, have no criminal record and attend safety courses. Licences are granted for reasons of hunting, target shooting, personal protection and security and must be renewed every three years. Caption: A policeman holds a seized machine gun at Morro do Alemao shanty town on November 28, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (JEFFERSON BERNARDES/AFP/Getty Images)
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