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Illegal Firearms

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many individuals have been convicted for converting air weapons to fire live ammunition in each of the last three years; (105600)

(2) how many individuals have (a) been convicted and (b) received upon conviction a minimum five-year sentence for possessing an illegal firearm in each of the last three years;

(3) how many individuals have been convicted for possessing (a) an air weapon and (b) an imitation firearm in public in each of the last three years.

Information on the number of persons convicted for converting air weapons to fire live ammunition is not held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. An air weapon is already regarded in law as a firearm. Any person converting it to fire bulleted ammunition without possessing an appropriate certificate or section 5 authority would be prosecuted under the relevant section of the Firearms Act 1968 for illegal possession or manufacture. No information is available from court statistics to indicate how many prosecutions relate to such conversions.