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UK. 2017 ‘Number of Guns per Type: Police Scotland.’ Management Information - Firearm Certificates Report: Quarter 2 (2017/18) (Table 1), p. 4. Glasgow: Police Scotland. 20 November

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Table 2
Number of guns per type: Police Scotland

Certificate Category: No.
Firearms: 56,333
Shotguns: 108,610

(All statistics are provisional and should be treated as management information. All data have been extracted from Police Scotland internal systems and are correct as at 20/11/2017 15:00 hrs.)

The above table reflects the numbers of guns held in Scotland by definition. Sound moderators are not included. These component parts are designed to suppress the noise and flash when a firearm is discharged. They are not usually marked with either a manufacturer or serial number and are recorded as being present or otherwise when enquiry is made with an applicant.

Within the definition of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended), a "firearm" means a lethal barrelled weapon of any description from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged. It includes any prohibited weapon, any component part of such a weapon and any accessory to such a weapon designed or adapted to diminish the noise or flash caused by the firing of the weapon.

It is, with certain statutory exceptions, an offence to possess, purchase, or acquire any firearm or ammunition to which Section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968 applies without holding a firearm certificate.

Section 1 of the 1968 Act applies to all firearms except a shotgun or an air gun.

A "shotgun" is defined as a smooth-bore gun (not being an air gun) which:

(i) has a barrel not less than 24 inches in length and does not have any barrel with a bore exceeding two inches in diameter;

(ii) either has no magazine or has a non-detachable magazine incapable of holding more than two cartridges; and

(iii) is not a revolver gun. Other smooth-bore guns may require a firearm certificate

(iv) It is, with certain statutory exceptions, an offence for a person to possess, purchase, or acquire any shotgun without holding a shotgun certificate.

ID: Q13299

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