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Firearm / Shotgun certificates - 421/18

Date Responded 09 May 2018

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. How many Firearms Certificates (FAC) have been issued by your force, each calendar month, from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018.

2. How many Shotgun Certificates (SGC) have been issued by your force, each calendar month, from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018.

3. How many people have been refused a FAC under the terms of Section 27 (1) (a) of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended) when the concern was that the applicant was unfit to be entrusted with a firearm to which section 1 of this Act applies due to a medical condition, each calendar month from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018.

4. How many people have been refused a SGC under the terms of Section 28 (1) of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended) when the concern was that the applicant could not be permitted to possess a shot gun without danger to the public safety or to the peace due to a medical condition, each calendar month from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018.

5. How many people have had their FAC revoked under the terms of Section 30A (2) (a) of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended) when the holder was considered to be of intemperate habits or unsound mind or was otherwise unfitted to be entrusted with a firearm due to a medical condition, each calendar month from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018.

6. How many people have had their FAC revoked under the terms of Section 30A (2) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended) when it was considered that the holder could no longer be permitted to have the firearm or ammunition to which the certificate relates in his possession without danger to the public safety or to the peace due to a medical condition, each calendar month from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018.

7. How many people have had their SGC revoked under the terms of Section 30C of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended) when it was considered that the holder could not be permitted to possess a shot gun without danger to the public safety or to the peace due to a medical condition, each calendar month from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018.

8. How many people were reported to the relevant prosecution agency for a contravention of Section 28A (7) of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended) where the applicant knowingly or recklessly made any statement relating to a medical condition which was false in any material particular for the purpose of procuring (whether for himself or another) the grant or renewal of a certificate under this Act, each calendar month from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018.

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Firearms Licensing Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

1.

01/04/2016 – 30/04/2016 = 74

01/05/2016 – 31/05/2016 = 89

01/06/2016 – 30/06/2016 = 106

01/07/2016 – 31/07/2016 = 60

01/08/2016 – 31/08/2016 = 74

01/09/2016 – 30/09/2016 = 93

01/10/2016 – 31/10/2016 = 76

01/11/2016 – 30/11/2016 = 76

01/12/2016 – 31/12/2016 = 56

01/01/2017 – 31/01/2017 = 92

01/02/2017 – 28/02/2017 = 67

01/03/2017 – 31/03/2017 = 111

01/04/2017 - 30/04/2017 = 60

01/05/2017 – 31/05/2017 = 82

01/06/2017 – 30/06/2017 = 90

01/07/2017 – 31/07/2017 = 129

01/08/2017 – 31/08/2017 = 55

01/09/2017 – 30/09/2017 = 116

01/10/2017 – 31/10/2017 = 64

01/11/2017 – 30/11/2017 = 60

01/12/2017 – 31/12/2017 = 40

01/01/2018 – 31/01/2018 = 46

01/02/2018 – 28/02/2018 = 34

01/03/2018 – 31/03/2018 = 43

 

2.

01/04/2016 – 30/04/2016 =102

01/05/2016 – 31/05/2016 =105

01/06/2016 – 30/06/2016 = 124

01/07/2016 – 31/07/2016 = 81

01/08/2016 – 31/08/2016 = 101

01/09/2016 – 30/09/2016 = 140

01/10/2016 – 31/10/2016 = 124

01/11/2016 – 30/11/2016 = 173

01/12/2016 – 31/12/2016 = 91

01/01/2017 – 31/01/2017 = 171

01/02/2017 – 28/02/2017 = 98

01/03/2017 – 31/03/2017 = 181

01/04/2017 - 30/04/2017 = 71

01/05/2017 – 31/05/2017 = 92

01/06/2017 – 30/06/2017 = 120

01/07/2017 – 31/07/2017 = 118

01/08/2017 – 31/08/2017 = 73

01/09/2017 – 30/09/2017 = 198

01/10/2017 – 31/10/2017 = 105

01/11/2017 – 30/11/2017 = 83

01/12/2017 – 31/12/2017 = 62

01/01/2018 – 31/01/2018 = 90

01/02/2018 – 28/02/2018 = 61

01/03/2018 – 31/03/2018 = 88

 

3. 1 x Feb 2017. Nil in all other months; Certificate holders may have voluntarily surrendered their certificate for this reason

4.   1 x Jul 2016, 1 x Nov 2016, 1 x Jan 2017, 1 x March 2017, 1 x May 2017, 1 x Jul 2017, 1 x Aug 2017. Nil in all other months; Certificate holders may have voluntarily surrendered their certificate for this reason

5.    1 x Nov 2017. Nil in all other months; Certificate holders may have voluntarily surrendered their certificate for this reason

6. 1 x Nov 2016, 1 x Nov 2017. Nil in all other months; Certificate holders may have voluntarily surrendered their certificate for this reason

7.    1 x Jul 2016, 1 x Aug 2016, 1 x Oct 2016, 1 x Nov 2016,  1 x Dec 2016, 1 x Feb 2017, 1 x March 2017, 2 x Aug 2017, Nil in all other months Certificate holders may have voluntarily surrendered their certificate for this reason

8.    None, it is rarely in the Public Interest.

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