Statistics Bulletin Criminal Justice Series CrJ/2006/4: Firearm Certificates Statistics, Scotland, 2005

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Table 1: Firearm certificates: New applications (granted and refused) and certificates on issue at 31 December, 1996-2005
Scotland
Number

Year

Applications for new firearm certificate

Firearm certificates on issue
at 31 December (1) (2) (3

Granted

Refused

1996

1,600

22

32,053

1997

1,291

13

31,094

1998

962

20

31,072

1999

857

12

30,536

2000

1,152

10

28,778

2001

1,308

15

27,302

2002

1,214

17

26,212

2003

1,023

14

26,605

2004

1,086

12

26,897

2005

1,071

18

26,538

(1) Fife police were unable to supply data for 2005, so 2004 data is included instead. See Annex Note 2.
(2) Grampian police force, up to and including 1998, relied upon a manual auditing system. The year 1999 was the first to be monitored by a dedicated firearms licensing computer and the figures produced for the annual return in January 2000 (for the year 1999) showed serious differences when compared with the previously submitted figures for 1998. The previously produced manual figures relied upon an arithmetical calculation which it is now clear, over the course of many years, produced increasingly inaccurate figures.
(3) In 2001, Lothian & Borders implemented a fully computer-generated firearms certificates statistical return. This resulted in the number of firearm certificates, shotgun certificates (on issue) and registered firearms dealers at 31 December 2001 being recorded as very slightly lower than expected based on the equivalent figures recorded on 31 December 2000.