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

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Table 2A Firearm 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)

30,356

28,778

27,302

26,212

26,605

26,897

26,511

26,234

26,056

26,416

Number of cancellations

777

2,752

2,651

2,241

657

772

1,372

1,389

1,327

653

Percentage of number on issue at end of previous December

2.5

9.0

9.2

8.2

2.5

2.9

5.1

5.2

5.1

2.5

Number of revocations

74

48

44

48

34

37

35

41

55

31

Percentage of number on issue at end of previous December

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.2

0.2

0.1

(1) Figures for 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 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