Disclosure Details

Firearms - 22/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request: 06/01/2012

Date of response: 30/01/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 6 January 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  1. Can we have a breakdown of the number of gun licences revoked in your force area during each of the past five calendar years?

  2. Can you confirm every new licence-holder has been subject to a home visit from a member of your firearms department during the same period?

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Firearms Licensing Unit of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. 01/01/07 - 31/12/07  19
    01/01/08 - 31/12/08  34
    01/01/09 - 31/12/09  37
    01/01/10 - 31/12/10  34
    01/01/11 - 31/12/11  67

  2. We can confirm that every applicant who has applied for a grant of a licence during the period April 2009 to date has been subject of a home visit.  Records prior to this date are no longer held, however, we believe every applicant who applied for the grant of a licence in this time period was subject to a home visit.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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