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Airguns: Crime

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average fine has been of people fined on conviction for remote selling or hiring of an air weapon over the internet in each month since the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 came into effect. (206515)

Selling a weapon by way of trade or business when transaction not face to face became an offence under section 32 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act.

This section of the Act came into effect on 1 October 2007.

Statistics for 2007 will be published in the autumn.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average fine has been of people convicted of possession of an air gun or imitation firearm in a public place without legal authority or reasonable excuse in each year since the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 came into effect. (206517)

The requested information is contained in the following table:

Average fine amounts imposed for possession of an air gun or imitation firearm in a public place1, all courts, England and Wales, 2004-06

£

Offence description

2004

2005

2006

Carrying a loaded or unloaded imitation firearm or air weapon in public place

126

152

85

1 Data are given since the relevant section of the Anti-social Behaviour Act came into effect on 20 January 2004. Note: These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. Source: OMS, Analytical Services.

Statistics for 2007 will be published in the autumn.