Saskatchewan and Manitoba had the highest rate of gun-related violence in 2012, according to a Statistics Canada report. (Kiran Dhillon/CBC)

Saskatchewan has the highest provincial rates of firearm-related violent crime, a Statistics Canada report says.

In 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available, Saskatchewan had 34 gun-related incidents per 100,000 people.

Manitoba came in second with 32 gun-related crimes per 100,000.

Most of the Prairie gun crimes involved long guns, rather than handguns — the rate of handgun-related violent crimes in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba are below the national average. 

The highest rate of handgun-related violence among reporting provinces was in Nova Scotia (16 per 100,000 population), followed by British Columbia (15 per 100,000).