Weapons: Seized Articles

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of weapons seized by the National Crime Agency in the last six months were from people suspected of terrorist activity.

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the countries of origin were of the 833 firearms seized by the National Crime Agency in its operation that commenced in October 2016.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing and the Fire Service)

The National Crime Agency and Police continue to conduct specific operations to disrupt the threat posed by illegal firearms falling into the hands of both criminals and terrorists. In line with our longstanding practice, it would be inappropriate to comment further on operational matters relating to terrorist activity.

The National Ballistics Intelligence Service regularly assesses the volume, type and origin of illegal firearms in use in the UK, including those seized during the multi-agency operation that commenced in October 2016. The information is operationally sensitive and is not suitable for release.

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