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Airguns: Injuries

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many injuries caused by firearms in each of the last five years were caused by airguns or airsoft guns. (193955)

Available information relates to offences in which Air weapons and BB guns/Soft air weapons caused injury by being fired or used as a blunt instrument in crimes recorded in England and Wales.

Air weapon injuries from 2002-03 up to and including 2006-07 are given in the following table. Separate BB guns/Soft air weapons data are not available centrally for 2002-03 and 2003-04. Data for these weapons are only given from 2004-05 to 2006-07.

Injuries due to Air weapons and BB guns/Soft air weapons in crimes recorded by the police, England and Wales 2002-03 to 2006-07

Air weapons

BB guns/Soft air weapons

2002-031

2,377

2

2003-04

2,395

2

2004-053

1,498

1,844

2005-06

1,182

1,534

2006-07

1,054

1,013

1 The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002.Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by this.

2 These data are not available centrally. BB guns/Soft air weapons were separately collected from 1 April 2004. Figures prior to this date were included within ‘imitation firearms’.

3 More explicit guidelines for the classification of weapons introduced on 1 April 2004 may have increased the recording of firearm offences .particularly those committed by imitation weapons.