Firearms: Registration

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of The Earl of Shrewsbury The Earl of Shrewsbury Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the requirement under European Union Directive 2008/51/EC that all member states have a computerised system to record all firearms by 31 December 2014, they have implemented such a system; and if not, for what reason.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

In order to comply with European Union Directive 2008/51/EC, the Government must have established a computerised filing system to record and maintain details about the supply and ownership of legal firearms by the end of 2014.

We already have robust processes in place as firearms dealers are required to maintain their own register of firearms under the Firearms Act 1968, details of which are passed to the National Firearms Licensing Management System in England and Wales and Shogun in Scotland. Records and registers will now need to be kept for a minimum of twenty years and this will require an amendment to secondary legislation.

Although our original approach was for dealers to computerise their records, we recently announced that we would be continuing to use the existing centralised systems for the majority of the recorded transactions, as this reduces the impact on both police and firearms dealers. However, we will continue to recommend that dealers keep computerised records as a matter of best practice.

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Paul Wisken
Posted on 16 Jan 2015 2:43 pm (Report this annotation)

This does not appear to answer the question.
The various UK police forces have records of shotgun and firearms holders, but one gun may be on several licences. I do not know if a centralised register is yet created.
Has the EU yet defined a firearm? When I last heard, a working replica Brown Bess was a shotgun in the UK but not considered to be a weapon in France.