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Gun Crime

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

10. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the prevalence of gun crime in England and Wales. (127799)

Gun crime (including air weapons) has increased since 1997; there has been a decrease in the total number of firearms offences over the last two years, from 24,094 in 2002-03 to 22,896 in 2004-05 and 21,521 in 2005-06. There were 50 homicides involving firearms (including air weapons) in 2005-06, a decrease of 36 per cent. from 78 the previous year and the lowest recorded since 1998-99.