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Firearms: Crime

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what non-notifiable crimes involving firearms and imitation firearms would be recorded as a firearm incident as defined by the Incident Category List in 2007-08. (269231)

The various non-notifiable offences that may be included within reports recorded as a firearms incident as defined in the National Incident Category List are given as follows.

Data collected under the National Standard for Incident Recording are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications.

Offences under Firearms Act 1968

Non-compliance with condition of firearm certificate1

Making false statement to obtain permit1

Trespassing with firearm on land2

Person under 17 purchasing or hiring firearm or ammunition2

Taking firearms or ammunition in pawn

Pawnbroker taking shotgun in pawn3

Failure of an individual to comply with any condition of an authority vested in him

Non-compliance to surrender an authority

Restricting removal of firearms

Making false statement to obtain permit1

Making false statement to obtain permit for removal of signalling apparatus

Trespassing with firearm in a building2

Person under 14 having firearm or ammunition in his possession3

Person under 15 having with him a shotgun without adult supervision4

Person under 17 having with him an air weapon or ammunition

Person under 17 making improper use of air weapon when under supervision

Person supervising permitting improper use of air weapon by person under 17

Selling or letting on hire a firearm or ammunition to person under 171

Making a gift or lending any firearm or ammunition to person under 143

Making gift of shotgun to person under 154

Supplying air weapon to person under 175

Supplying firearm to person drunk or insane2

Making false statement to obtain grant or renewal of firearm certificate1

Failure to surrender certificate on removal of dealer’s name from register

Making false statement to secure registration of a place of business

Registered dealer failing to have place of business entered in register

Non-compliance with condition of registration

Non-compliance by dealer as to register of transactions-false entry

Failing to report a transaction authorised by a visitor’s shotgun permit4

Failure to surrender firearm or ammunition on demand by constable2

Failure to comply with requirements of a constable to declare name and address1

Failure to give constable facilities for examination of firearms in transit3

Failure to surrender firearm certificate1

Offences under Firearms Act 1968 as amended by Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988

Making false statement to obtain permit to auction firearms etc.1

Failing to surrender firearm certificate or firearm or ammunition on revocation of certificate1

Firearms Act 1968 as added by Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

Fire an air weapon beyond premises

Person under 18 purchasing or hiring firearm or ammunition2

Selling or letting on hire a firearm or ammunition to person under 185

Person under 18 purchasing an imitation firearm; selling an imitation firearm to person under 18

Firearms Act 1968 as added by Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997

Obstructing constable or civilian in exercise of search powers

Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988

Transfers of shotguns4

Restriction on sale of ammunition for smooth-bore guns4

Auctioneer, carrier or warehouseman failing to keep firearms and ammunition safe or failing to report loss or theft1

Obstructing a constable entering or inspecting an approved rifle/pistol club

Making false statement to obtain a visitor’s permit1

Failing to comply with conditions on a visitor’s permit1

Firearms dealer failing to inform police of sale of firearms for export1

Making a false statement to obtain, or not complying with, museum licence

Failing to comply with condition of museum licence

Failing to surrender a revoked museum licence

Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997

Failure to transfer shotgun in person4

Failing to comply with instruction in shotgun certificate upon transfer to person other than registered dealer4

Failure to give notice in writing to the Chief Officer of Police of transfers involving shotguns4

Failure by certificate holder to give written notice to the Chief Officer of Police of deactivation, destruction or loss of shotgun4

Failure by certificate holder to notify in writing to the Chief Officer of Police of events taking place outside Great Britain involving shotguns (sold or otherwise disposed of, lost etc.)4

1 Group I, Group II offence

2 Group I, Group II, Group III offence

3 Group I Offence

4 Group II Offence

5 Group III Offence