Firearms: Licensing

Home Department written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Conservative, North Herefordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firearms and shotgun certificates have been refused in (a) 2013, (b) 2012, (c) 2011 and (d) 2010; and how many have been revoked.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

The data requested were published in the recent Home Office statistical release Firearm and Shotgun Certificates in England and Wales 2012-13, available online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/firearm-and-shotgun-certificates-in-england-and-wales-2012-to-2013

Data for financial years 2009-10 to 2012-13 are also provided in the table. Data relating to 2013-14 are expected to be published in the autumn of 2014.

Number of new applications and renewal applications refused and the number of revocations for firearm and shotgun certificates in England and Wales, 2009-10 to 2012-13(1)
  Firearm certificates Shotgun certificates
  New applications refused Renewal applications refused Revocations New applications refused Renewal applications refused Revocations
2009-10 105 15 302 462 45 1,076
2010-11 129 34 404 533 170 1,379
2011-12 119 50 349 651 191 1,301
2012-13 138 54 339 594 177 1,226
(1 )Source: These statistics are obtained from the National Firearms Licensing Management System.

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