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Scotland. 2010 ‘Firearm Certificates: Number of firearms possessed on certificate and firearms authorised to be purchased or acquired on certificate in force in Scotland at the end of the year by type of weapon, 2009.’ Scottish Government, Crime and Justice Datasets; Table 3. Edinburgh: Justice Analytical Services Division. 1 May

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Table 3. Firearm Certificates: Number of firearms possessed on certificate and firearms authorised to be purchased or acquired on certificate in force in Scotland at the end of the year by type of weapon, 2009

Possessed:

Shotgun* - 1,795
Rifle - 45,254
Handgun** - 566
Carbine, under lever - 261
Carbine, bolt action - 11
Muzzleloader, rifle - 171
Muzzleloader, handgun - 478
Air weapon, rifle - 283
Air weapon, handgun - 204
Miscellaneous*** - 5,589

Authorised to be purchased/acquired:

Shotgun* - 254
Rifle - 5,088
Handgun** - 72
Carbine, under lever - 12
Carbine, bolt action - 1
Muzzleloader, rifle - 42
Muzzleloader, handgun - 113
Air weapon, rifle - 84
Air weapon, handgun - 0
Miscellaneous*** - 1,119

Total:

Shotgun* - 2,049
Rifle - 50,342
Handgun** - 638
Carbine, under lever - 273
Carbine, bolt action - 12
Muzzleloader, rifle - 213
Muzzleloader, handgun - 591
Air weapon, rifle - 367
Air weapon, handgun - 204
Miscellaneous*** - 6,708

* Any smooth-bore gun which has a barrel of less than 24 inches in length or has a magazine, which takes more than two cartridges or has a removable magazine.

**Includes those weapons which were exempt from the Firearms (Amendment)(No 2) Act 1997 e.g. single shot humane killers, shot pistols, grade 1 starters, trophies of war, antique firearms and 'handguns' used by the SSPCA.

*** Includes weapons such as tranquillising rifle etc.

[Editor's Note: Modern handguns likely to be found in crime (pistols and revolvers) expel a bullet by explosive force, are not muzzle-loaded, and are all banned from civilian possession in the UK. For this reason only shotguns, rifles and carbines listed above are included in GunPolicy.org totals of registered firearms in Scotland.]

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