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Firearms: Crime

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were convicted of gun-related crimes in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months. (254940)

The information is not available in the format requested. Court conviction data do not contain background information in relation to offences committed so it is not possible to separately identify the number of convictions for offences such as murder in which a gun was involved. It is only possible to provide conviction statistics for those offences which, in their definition, refer to gun-related offences as specified by firearms legislation.

In 2006 (the latest year for which data are available), there were 56 such convictions.

Data are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.