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Offensive Weapons: Crimes of Violence

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) gun crimes and (b) arrests relating to gun crime there were in England in 2007-08. (256753)

Firearms (excluding air weapons) were reported to have been used in 9,656 crimes in England during 2007-08. Firearms are taken to be involved in a crime if they are fired, used as a blunt instrument or used as a threat.

Data on arrests relating to gun crime cannot be provided by the Home Office since (a) the centrally held firearm offences database does not record detection or suspect data, and (b) offences involving firearms cannot be identified on the centrally held arrests database.