Firearms: Licensing

Home Office written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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The Home Office publishes data on the number of Firearm certificate holders by police force area as part of the ‘Firearm and Shotgun Certificates in England and Wales Statistics - Financial Year 2016/17’ publication. These data can be found in the Table E1 below and at the following link.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/624004/firearm-shotgun-certificates-england-wales-march-2017-tables.ods

Table E1 Firearm certificate holders, shotgun certificate holders and firearm and/or shotgun certificate holders by police force area, 2016/171

England and Wales

Police force area

Firearm certificate holders

Shotgun certificate holders

Firearm and/or shotgun certificate holders

Cleveland

1,117

2,726

2,925

Durham

2,593

5,772

6,135

Northumbria

3,697

8,936

9,368

North East Region

7,407

17,434

18,428

Cheshire

2,815

11,424

11,800

Cumbria

3,284

8,631

9,062

Greater Manchester

2,203

7,850

8,274

Lancashire

3,076

12,045

12,458

Merseyside

1,025

3,512

3,747

North West Region

12,403

43,462

45,341

Humberside

3,163

9,866

10,209

North Yorkshire

6,733

18,164

18,767

South Yorkshire

2,123

8,680

8,986

West Yorkshire

3,076

10,610

11,157

Yorkshire and the Humber Region

15,095

47,320

49,119

Derbyshire

3,421

12,275

12,647

Leicestershire

2,430

11,433

11,707

Lincolnshire

4,076

14,215

14,597

Northamptonshire

2,623

9,973

10,208

Nottinghamshire

2,081

8,644

8,933

East Midlands Region

14,631

56,540

58,092

Staffordshire

3,095

13,093

13,558

Warwickshire

2,146

7,882

8,110

West Mercia

6,448

24,098

24,832

West Midlands

1,934

8,079

8,578

West Midlands Region

13,623

53,152

55,078

Bedfordshire

1,608

6,348

6,593

Cambridgeshire

3,010

12,263

12,583

Essex

4,899

18,604

19,295

Hertfordshire

2,407

10,382

10,726

Norfolk

5,258

21,389

21,862

Suffolk

4,725

17,162

17,597

East of England Region

21,907

86,148

88,656

London, City of

3

29

31

Metropolitan Police

4,481

25,989

27,056

London Region

4,484

26,018

27,087

Hampshire

5,413

21,858

22,785

Kent

5,490

20,552

21,446

Surrey

3,107

12,864

13,570

Sussex

6,934

21,344

22,209

Thames Valley

6,240

26,265

27,207

South East Region

27,184

102,883

107,217

Avon and Somerset

6,095

20,767

21,543

Devon and Cornwall

11,144

30,827

32,344

Dorset

3,487

10,817

11,271

Gloucestershire

2,777

11,223

11,502

Wiltshire

3,514

13,391

13,740

South West Region

27,017

87,025

90,400

ENGLAND

143,751

519,982

539,418

Dyfed-Powys

4,499

15,636

16,089

Gwent

1,466

5,918

6,076

North Wales

2,814

11,344

11,646

South Wales

2,237

6,969

7,429

WALES

11,016

39,867

41,240

ENGLAND AND WALES

154,767

559,849

580,658

1. Experimental statistics published for the second time in 2016/17. These statistics should be treated with caution as they are still being developed and have not been subjected to the same levels of quality assurance as the other figures in this publication. As the Home Office continues to report on these new figures in future years, it will aim to develop its quality assurance procedures, with a view to increasing confidence in the quality of the data.

Table E1 (Excel SpreadSheet, 170 KB)

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