This bulletin presents information for the years 1989 to 1998 on the issue of firearms and shotgun certificates under the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended).
A firearm or shotgun certificate permits the holder to possess one or more weapons, thus changes in the number of certificates will not necessarily reflect changes in the number of weapons legally held. The bulletin also contains information on European Community (EC) and non-EC Visitors’ Permits and European Firearm Passes which were first introduced in 1994. There were 31,072 firearm certificates on issue at the end of 1998, 22 fewer than the previous year and the lowest number ever recorded. The total number of applications for a new firearm certificate was 982 in 1998 compared with 1,304 in 1997. Twenty applicants were refused. There were 918 cancellations and 61 revocations of firearm certificates in 1998. There were 295 registered firearm dealers in Scotland in 1998, 18 fewer than in 1997. The number of applications for Visitors’ Permits from both EC and non-EC residents in 1998 totaled 3,536 for firearms and 5,777 for shotguns. The number of European Firearm Passes on issue at the end of 1998 was 444, compared to 379 in 1997. Figures, tables, appendixes, notes
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Scottish Executive Statistical Bulletin, Criminal Justice Series CrJ/1999/5