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Firearms

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many firearms, listed by the category under which they are identified by the Royal Ulster Constabulary, have been stolen in each Royal Ulster Constabulary division in each of the last five years from (a) civilians and (b) the security forces, or as much of such information as is available to him.

[holding answer 9 January 1990]: Information split into Royal Ulster Constabulary divisions is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Readily available information is as follows:

Firearms stolen in Northern Ireland 1984–89
YearStolen fromBullet firingShotguns1Air weapons/miscellaneous
1985Security forces16
Civilians19799
1986Security forces141

Year

Stolen from

Bullet firing

Shotguns

1

Air weapons/miscellaneous

Civilians139620
1987Security forces1894
Civilians349113
1988Security forces14
Civilians165413
1989Security forces19
Civilians17424

1 Miscellaneous includes: Blank firing weapons, muzzle loading weapons, antique weapons, tranquilliser guns and starting pistols.