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Statistical Bulletin: Crime and Justice Series: Firearm Certificates Statistics, Scotland, 2009

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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 in Scotland at the end of the year by type of weapon, 2009 (1)

Number

Firearms on certificate

Type of weapon, where known

Weapons in Tayside police force area (6)

Total

Section 1 (2) shot gun

Rifle

Handgun (3)

Carbine

Muzzleloader

Air weapon (4)

Miscellaneous (5)

Under lever

Bolt action

Rifle

Handgun

Rifle

Handgun

Possessed

1,795

45,254

566

261

11

171

478

283

204

5,589

16,244

70,856

Authorised to be purchased/aquired

254

5,088

72

12

1

42

113

84

-

1,119

1,817

8,602

Total

2,049

50,342

638

273

12

213

591

367

204

6,708

18,061

79,458

(1) See Annex Note 10

(2) Any smooth-bore gun which has a barrel of less than 24 inches in length or has a magazine, which takes more than two cartridges or has a removable magazine.

(3) 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.

(4) See Annex Note 5

(5) Includes weapons such as prohibited weapons referred to by Section 5 of Firearms Act 1968 (as amended), tranquillising rifles etc.

(6) Due to the computer system used, Tayside police could not provide a breakdown by type of weapon.