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UK. 2015 ‘Firearm and Shotgun Certificates in England and Wales, 2014.’ Targeting the Risk: An Inspection of the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Firearms Licensing in Police Forces in England and Wales; Chapter 2 (Item No. 2.13), p. 16. London: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. 1 September

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What is the demand for firearm licences?

2.13. At the time of the publication of our report, the latest published Home Office data (16) are for the year ending 31 March 2014. They indicate that there were:

- 151,413 section 1 (14) firearm certificates on issue.(17) This is an increase of 2.5 percent compared with March 2013;

- 507,867 section 1 firearms covered by these certificates. This is the highest number since these figures were first collected in 1995…

- 582,923 shotgun certificates on issue. This is an increase of 2.1 percent compared with March 2013;

- 1,329,376 shotguns covered by these certificates. This is a decrease of 0.3 percent compared with the previous year…


14) Section 1, Firearms Act 1968 (as amended) applies to all firearms except: i) a shotgun; ii) an air weapon (unless declared especially dangerous); prohibited weapons such as centre fire self-loading rifles, handguns, machine guns etc. (unless specifically authorised).

16) Firearm and shotgun certificates in England and Wales financial year ending March 2014, Home Office, London, August 2014. It is available at:

17) 17 "On issue" is the term used by the Home Office to indicate the number of certificates that are currently issued and valid.

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