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Statistical Bulletin: Crime and Justice Series: Firearm Certificates Statistics, Scotland, 2008

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1. Introduction

This bulletin presents information for the years 1999 to 2008 on the issue of firearm and shot gun certificates under the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended). Statistics on the number of crimes and offences involving the alleged use of a firearm in 2007-08 were published in the National Statistics bulletin "Recorded Crimes and Offences Involving Firearms, Scotland, 2007-08", in October 2008.

Changes in regulations regarding the length of time a firearm or shot gun certificate was valid for took effect from 1 January 1995, increasing the period of certification from three to five years. As this includes both applications for new certificates and renewals of existing certificates this effectively meant that no certificates required renewal in either 1998 or 1999. This had the knock-on effect of reducing numbers of renewals in 2003 and 2004, with numbers rising again in 2005 and 2006. Now in 2008, a further five years on from 2003 this knock-on effect may be evident with the number of renewals falling once again. Numbers of cancellations are similarly affected. Further information is given in the Notes in the Annex.

Chart 1 Firearm and shot gun certificates on issue at 31 December, Scotland, 1999-2008

Chart 1 Firearm and shot gun certificates on issue at 31 December, Scotland, 1999-2008