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

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Table 4. Shot gun certificates : New applications (granted and refused) and certificates on issue in Scotland at 31 December, 2000-2009

Number

Year

Applications (1) for new shot gun certificate

Shot gun certificates on issue at 31 December (2)(3)

Number of shot guns held on certificate

Granted

Refused

2000

1,579

52

58,627

123,994

2001

1,806

34

54,634

121,472

2002

1,672

46

51,778

122,551

2003

1,618

38

52,421

125,395

2004

1,369

31

52,409

129,218

2005

1,833

26

51,029

129,630

2006

1,844

18

49,974

132,181

2007

1,860

31

49,213

133,940

2008

1,716

33

50,021

137,881

2009

1,671

22

50,308

137,768

(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, shot gun certificates (on issue) and registered firearms dealers at 31 December 2001 being recorded as very slightly lower than expected based on the equivalent figures recorded on 31 December 2000.

(3) Number of certificates on issue at 31 December 2008 was previously reported as 50,022. Number is revised following an update from the Lothian and Borders Police Force.