Disclosure Details

Firearms licensing - 1057/14

Dated: 07 Jan 2015

Date of request:      23/12/14

Date of response:    07/12/15

Provision of informationeld by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated November 2014 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

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

You asked: 

 
1. How many shotgun certificates are currently held in your force area?

2. How many firearms certificates are currently held in your force area?
 
3. How many shotgun certificates have been issued to people under the age 14 years old in the past 5 years? Please state the number of licenses per age group and the reason for issuing the license.
 
4. How many firearms certificates have been issued to people under age 14 years old in the past 5 years? Please state the number of licenses per age group and the reason for issuing the license.

5. How many shotgun certificates are currently held by people under the age of 10 years old? Please state the number of licenses per age group and the reason for issuing the license.
 
6. How many firearms certificates are currently held by people under the age of 10 years old? Please state the number of licenses per age group and the reason for issuing the license.

7. In the last 5 years how old is youngest person to be issued a shotgun certificate and what was the reason?

8. In the last 5 years how old is youngest person to be issued a firearms certificate and what was the reason?
 
9. In the last 5 years how old is oldest person to be issued a shotgun certificate and what was the reason?

10. In the last 5 years how old is oldest person to be issued a firearms certificate and what was the reason?

11. How many crimes have been committed in your force by licensed gun holders using guns in the last 5 years?

 

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 Unit 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.  As at 29/12/14 there are 9104 shot gun certificates held in our force area

2.  As at 29/12/14 there are 3674 firearm certificates held in our force area
 
3.  In all of the relevant applications, the reason for issuing the certificate was that the the Chief Constable was satisfied that there was no lawful reason for the application to be refused. Applicants do not need to provide a reason to obtain a shotgun cerificate.

2 at 10 years old
1 at 11 years old
10 at 12 years old
16 at 13 years old

4. None  - an applicant must be aged fourteen or over to hold a firearm certificate.

5. None
 
6. None

7. 10 years 2 mths

8. A firearms certificate was issued to an applicant aged 14 years 6 mths - for target and vermin shooting

9. A shot gun certificate was issued to an applicant aged 100 years. The reason was to enable storage of antique heirlooms

10. A firearm certificate was issued on renewal to an applicant aged 100 years. The reason was to enable storage of antique heirlooms

11. None
 

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.

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