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

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Table 5A Shot gun certificates : Number of cancellations (1)(2), revocations and certificates and percentage on issue at 31 December, 1999 - 2008

Number & Percentage

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Number of certificates on issue at 31 December (3)

62,919

58,627

54,634

51,778

52,421

52,409

51,029

49,974

49,213

50,022

Number of cancellations

1,235

5,612

5,618

4,492

1,016

1,378

3,125

2,879

2,608

907

Percentage of number on issue at end of previous December

2.0

8.9

9.6

8.2

2.0

2.6

6.0

5.6

5.2

1.8

Number of revocations

175

102

81

67

78

83

58

77

83

64

Percentage of number on issue at end of previous December

0.3

0.2

0.1

0.1

0.2

0.2

0.1

0.2

0.2

0.1

(1) Figures for 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2004 are affected by changes in regulations. See Annex Note 10.

(2) A software problem on the Firearms Licensing system affected the figures returned by Fife police force in 2005 and 2006 in relation to the data on the numbers of applications, variations and cancellations which are not wholly consistent with the totals shown. The force resolved the problem for the provision of the 2007 data.

(3) In 2001, Lothian & Borders implemented a fully computer-generated firearms certificates statistical return. This resulted in the number of firearm certificates, shotgun certificates (on issue) 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.