With a name like Canada’s Gun Store, it might be a wee bit obvious that WE LOVE GUNS! But how many everyday Canadians share this view? Let’s take a look at how popular guns are in Canada.
Canada’s Most Popular Sport
It may be surprising that among adults, Hockey is Canada’s 2nd most popular sport. A 2010 study showed that Hockey had 1.3 million participants in Canada, compared to Golf’s 1.5 million. That same year 1.8 million Canadian adults had a gun license.
Missing from the study were sports like hunting and target shooting. If included, would they have been Canada’s most popular?
Canadian gun owners invest over $1,000,000 daily into guns, ammo, and other shooting gear. Resulting in an $8.5 billion industry that employs almost 50,000 people.
What makes shooting such big business?
As of Dec. 31, 2020, 2.2 million men and women had gun licences. That means 7.3% of the country’s 30 million adults want to plink, hunt, or compete in shooting sports.
The bad news?
Hunting and shooting sports aren’t going anywhere. Guns have always been a part of Canadian culture. As long as our community continues to pass on the culture and life lessons these sports teach us, they will remain among Canada’s most popular pastimes.
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