Disclosure Details

Firearms Certificates - 682/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   28/08/2012

Date of response:   07/09/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 28 August  2012 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: 

With regards to your response to our request for information FOI 591/12 refers could we please request the following information.

1. Do you have any internal policies or guidelines on the revocation of Shotgun Certificates? Please provide copies

2. How many shotgun certificates have been revoked in the past 3 years?

3. How many appeals against the revocation of shotgun certificates have been lodged in the past 3 years?

4. How many appeals against the revocation of shotgun certificates in the past 3 years were successful? Including cases the police did not defend.

5. How many shotgun certificates have been revoked in the past 3 years due to the holder of the licence receiving a caution?

6. How many revocations of shotgun certificates in the past 3 years, due to cautions, were successfully challenged?.

7. How many shotgun certificates have been revoked in the past 3 years due to offences contrary to the Offences Against the Persons Act?

8. How many shotgun certificate holders have received a written warning in the past 3 years following cautions or convictions? 

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 have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. We do not have internal policies or guidelines on the revocation of Shotgun Certificates,   we rely on legislation and the published Home Office 
    Guidance (2000).

  2. 2009 x 26 
    2010 x 27 
    2011 x 37

  3. 2009 x 1 
    2010 x 6 
    2011 x 5

  4. Northumbria police has won every appeal in the last 3 years except for one. This appeal was in 2011. We defend all cases

  5. 2009 x 4 
    2010 x 4 
    2011 x 11

  6. In the past 3 years there were no shot gun certificates revoked due to cautions which were successfully challenged.

  7. 2009 x 5  
    2010 x 6  
    2011 x 10

  8. 2009 x 5 
    2010 x 4 
    2011 x 6

The number of firearm and shotgun certificates issued within the Northumbria Police force area has not changed by large numbers.

The number of revocations can vary each year and licences can be revoked for a variety of reasons - on the grounds of public safety or a threat to the peace, or the licence holder's fitness to hold a firearm.

The public can be reassured the force adheres to strict guidelines and firearms must be held securely in line with Home Office regulations. 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


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 underour 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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