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

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Table 1 Firearm certificates : New applications (granted and refused) and certificates on issue at 31 December, 1999-2008

Scotland
Number

Year

Applications (1) for new
firearm certificate

Firearm certificates on
issue at 31 December (2)

Number of firearms
held on certificate

Granted

Refused

1999

857

12

30,536

62,421

2000

1,152

10

28,778

58,862

2001

1,308

15

27,302

59,129

2002

1,214

17

26,212

60,599

2003

1,023

14

26,605

60,440

2004

1,086

12

26,897

63,115

2005

1,059

18

26,511

63,710

2006

1,147

9

26,234

66,164

2007

1,194

9

26,056

66,893

2008

1,030

13

26,416

69,481

(1) 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.

(2) 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 ower than expected based on the equivalent figures recorded on 31 December 2000.