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Firearms Licences

Volume 222: debated on Thursday 2 April 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many gun licences are held in Northern Ireland; and what is the number per head of population.

Firearms licensing is the responsibility of the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. He has advised me that at the end of February this year a total of 87,421 firearm certificates were held in Northern Ireland. This figure equates to approximately one certificate per 13 persons aged 18 and over.