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Gun licences issued - 735/18

Date Responded 29 August 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:

I would like to have the number of children  (0 - 17 years) that have been issued gun licences in the last three financial years.

I would like a breakdown for each financial year and by age of the child when the licence was granted and any additional information you would like to help me to understand the figures.

2017/18 2016/17 2015/16

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 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.

FAC = Firearm Certificate

SGC = Shotgun Certificate

 

Between April 2015 and March 2018 there were 72 shotgun certificates and 17 firearm certificates granted to applicants who were under the age of 18.

All applications were granted in compliance with the Firearms Act 1968 legislation.

01/04/2017-31/03/2018  

2 x 16 year olds were issued with SGC & FAC

6 x 16 year olds were issued with a SGC

1 x 17 year old was issued with SGC & FAC

1 x 17 year old was issued with a FAC

1 x 17 year old was issued with a SGC

 

01/04/2016-31/03/2017

1 x 15 year old was issued with a FAC

13 x 15 year olds were issued with a SGC 

1 x 16 year old was issued with a FAC

10 x 16 year olds were issued with a SGC

2 x 17 year olds were issued with SGC & FAC

1 x 17 year old was issued with a FAC

6 x 17 year olds were issued with a SGC

 

01/04/2015-31/03/2016 

2 x 13 year olds were issued with a SGC

2 x 14 year olds were issued with a SGC

9 x 15 year olds were issued with a SGC

4 x 16 year olds were issued with SGC & FAC

9 x 16 year olds were issued with a SGC

2 x 17 year olds were issued with SGC & FAC

3 x 17 year olds were issued with a SGC

 

Of the above;

In 2016/17

1 x 15 year old was granted a SGC and in 2017/18 the same person was granted a FAC when they were 16 years old. 

In 2015/16

1 x 16 year old was granted a SGC and then in 2016/17 the same person was granted a FAC when they were 17 years old. 

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