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Old 07-05-2010, 08:06 AM
 
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I was wondering just how pro-gun the western parts of Canada actually are...i always hear about Albertans and Manitobans being dissatisfied with Ottawa's gun control laws...but nobody has ever made it clear to me if Western Canadians actually want Texan/Oklahoman style gun laws...with concealed carry permits being issued to anyone who is not a criminal?

Or are Western Canadians merely dissatisfied with long gun registration and overall supportive of handgun licensing/registration and a ban on concealed carry/assault weapon ownership?
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Though opposition to gun control is highest on the Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba), I think it is more of an urban-rural divide, than an east-west thing. Even in some cities on the Prairies (I am thinking of Edmonton for example) probably a majority of people would be in favour of gun control.

And even in a highly-urbanized central-eastern province like Ontario, there is much opposition to gun control outside the major cities, especially in the northern part of the province and even in rural areas in the south.

So it would be more accurate to say that across the country most urban Canadians favour gun control, and most rural Canadians oppose it.

The one exception to this rule is Quebec, where support for gun control is generally high in both urban and rural areas.
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Lethbridge, AB
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Though opposition to gun control is highest on the Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba), I think it is more of an urban-rural divide, than an east-west thing. Even in some cities on the Prairies (I am thinking of Edmonton for example) probably a majority of people would be in favour of gun control.

And even in a highly-urbanized central-eastern province like Ontario, there is much opposition to gun control outside the major cities, especially in the northern part of the province and even in rural areas in the south.

So it would be more accurate to say that across the country most urban Canadians favour gun control, and most rural Canadians oppose it.

The one exception to this rule is Quebec, where support for gun control is generally high in both urban and rural areas.
I think you're right, to a certain extent. I think though, that urban westerners are still more likely to oppose gun control than their eastern counterparts.

The last poll I saw about the long gun registry, for example, showed 64% of Albertans supported abolishing it, while 42% of Ontarioans did, even though the population in both is roughly 80% urban.

As for concealed carry, I don't think you'd find a majority in support of it on the prairies, though the number in favour would certainly be higher than in Eastern Canada.
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