This bulletin presents information for the years 2000 to 2009 on the issue of firearm and shot gun certificates under the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended). A related publication provides statistics on the number of crimes and offences involving the alleged use of a firearm in 2008-09. These were published in the National Statistics bulletin "Recorded Crimes and Offences Involving Firearms, Scotland, 2008-09", in October 2009.
Changes in regulations took effect from 1 January 1995 and these regarded the validity period of a firearm or shot gun certificate; specifically, increasing the period of certification from three to five years. As the regulation includes both applications for new certificates and renewals of existing certificates this effectively meant that there were no certificate renewals 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 and 2009, 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 and definitions are given in the Annex notes.
Chart 1 - Firearm and shot gun certificates on issue at 31 December, Scotland, 2000-2009