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

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Table 3 Firearm certificates : Number of firearms possessed on certificate and firearms authorised to be purchased or acquired on certificate in force at the end of the year by type of weapon, 2008 (1)

Scotland
Number

Firearms on certificate

Type of weapon

Total (5)

Section 1 shot gun

Rifle

Handgun (2)

Carbine

Muzzleloader

Air weapon (3)

Miscellaneous (4)

Under lever

Bolt action

Rifle

Handgun

Rifle

Handgun

Possessed

1,667

44,520

512

172

16

185

519

279

312

5,734

69,481

Authorised to be purchased / acquired

183

4,968

54

5

1

37

125

88

-

1,155

8,254

Total

1,850

49,488

566

177

17

222

644

367

312

6,889

77,735

(1) See Note 9 of Annex

(2) Includes those weapons which were exempt from the Firearms (Amendment)(No 2) Act 1997 e.g. single shot humane killers, shot pistols, grade 1 starters, trophies of war, antique firearms and 'handguns' used by the SSPCA.

(3) See Note 4 of Annex

(4) Includes weapons such as section 5 firearms, tranquillising rifles etc.

(5) Scotland Total does not match the sum of weapon types as, due to the computer system used, Tayside police could not provide a breakdown by type of weapon. Tayside's figures are however included in the Scottish totals shown above.