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Statistical Bulletin: Criminal Justice Series CrJ/2005/5: FIREARM CERTIFICATES STATISTICS, SCOTLAND, 2004

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Table 2: Firearm certificates : Applications for new and renewals (granted and refused); variations, cancellations, revocations and certificates on issue at 31 December 2004, by police force area
Number & Rate

Police force area

Applications

Cancellations (2)

Revo cations (2

Firearm certificates on issue at 31 December

Firearm certificates on issue at 31 December per 100,000 popn (3)

New firearm certificate

Renewal of firearm certificate

Variation of firearm certificate

Granted

Refused

Granted

Refused

Fee (1) Charged

No Fee Charged

Central

35

1

21

-

34

30

19

2

947

338

Dumfries & Galloway

84

-

40

-

78

104

40

5

2,211

1,502

Fife

75

-

49

1

44

36

148

2

1,140

324

Grampian

227

4

186

-

178

125

136

4

4,614

882

Lothian & Borders

171

2

91

-

133

140

94

5

3,676

414

Northern

199

3

171

-

250

410

115

7

7,334

2,654

Strathclyde

193

2

87

2

207

212

104

6

3,909

177

Tayside

102

-

121

-

86

154

116

6

3,066

793

All forces

1,086

12

766

3

1,010

1,211

772

37

26,897

532

(1) A fee is charged where a variation increases the number of firearms authorised by the certificate.
(2) Cancellation of a certificate is undertaken by the holder; revocations are at the authority of the Chief Constable and occur in instances where it is believed the holder should no longer be allowed to possess a firearm.
(3) Population as at mid-June 2003. Population estimates for 2004 were not available at the time of going to press.

Table 2A: Firearm certificates : Number of cancellations, revocations and certificates and percentage on issue at 31 December, 1995 - 2004
Number & Percentage

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Number of certificates on issue at 31 December (1) (2)

32,317

32,053

31,094

31,072

30,356

28,778

27,302

26,212

26,605

26,897

Number of cancellations

1,427

1,711

2,069

918

777

2,752

2,651

2,241

657

772

Percentage of number on issue at end of previous December

4.5

5.3

6.5

3.0

2.5

9.0

9.2

8.2

2.5

2.9

Number of revocations

33

86

80

61

74

48

44

48

34

37

Percentage of number on issue at end of previous December

0.1

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.1

0.1

(1) Grampian police force, up to and including 1998, relied upon a manual auditing system. The year 1999 was the first to be monitored by a dedicated firearms licensing computer and the figures produced for the annual return in January 2000 (for the year 1999) showed serious differences when compared with the previously submitted figures for 1998.
The previously produced manual figures relied upon an arithmetical calculation which it is now clear, over the course of many years, produced increasingly inaccurate figures.
(2) In 2001, Lothian & Borders implemented a fully computer-generated firearms certificates statistical return. This resulted in the number of firearm certificates, shotgun certificates and registered firearms dealers at 31 December 2001 being recorded as very slightly lower than expected based on the equivalent figures recorded at 31 December 2000