Firearms: Sentencing

Justice written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his answer of 8 July 2008, for what reasons individuals found in unlawful possession of a firearm were not given the mandatory sentence of five years, broken down by category of mitigating factors.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Sentences are decided by sentencers. Data on mitigating factors at the time of sentencing are not collected on the courts proceedings database held by my Department.

EWCA Crim 2056 (18 July 2005) considers the issue of "exceptional circumstances."

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