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Scotland. 2013 ‘Table 1: Firearm Certificates - Number of New Applications (Granted and Refused), Firearm Certificates on Issue and Firearms Held in Scotland as at 31 December, 2003-2013.’ Scottish Government, Crime and Justice Datasets; Table 1. Edinburgh: Justice Analytical Services Division. 29 May

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Table 1: Firearm Certificates - Number of new applications (granted and refused), firearm certificates on issue and firearms held in Scotland as at 31 December, 2003-2013

Year: Applications for new firearm certificates Granted - Refused - Firearm certificates on issue - Firearms held on certificate

2012: 1,137 - 12 - 25,702 - 72,005
2011: 1,121 - 20 - 25,831 - 71,860
2010: 1,135 - 17 - 26,035 - 70,410
2009: 1,112 - 12 - 26,072 - 70,856
2008: 1,030 - 13 - 26,415 - 69,481
2007: 1,194 - 9 - 26,056 - 66,893
2006(1): 1,147 - 9 - 26,234 - 66,164
2005(1): 1,059 - 18 - 26,511 - 63,710
2004: 1,086 - 12 - 26,897 - 63,115
2003: 1,023 - 14 - 26,605 - 60,440

Notes:
1) A software problem in 2005 and 2006 affected the data submitted by Fife Constabulary. For further information please see Note 4.2.2.

Note 4.2.2: A software problem in 2005 and 2006 affected the data submitted by Fife Constabulary. Subsequently, the number of applications, variations and cancellations for both firearms and shotgun certificates are not wholly consistent with the totals reported. The force resolved the problem for the provision of 2007 data.

[Editor's note: The aforementioned figures are for all firearms and shotguns held on certificate in Scotland and not just those privately owned. For example, the figures will include firearms and shotguns held by public authorities such as the Forestry Commission or the Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture. From the figures held by the Scottish Government it is not possible to disaggregate the figures to show purely the number of privately owned firearms and shotguns held on certificate in Scotland - Private communication with an Assistant Statistician, at the Safer Communities Analytical Unit, Scottish Government, 30/05/2013]

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