Firearms - 669/13
Dated: 16 Sep 2013
Date of request: 09/09/2013
Date of response: 16/09/2013
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 9 September 2013 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.
'1) How many people hold licences for firearms/shotguns in your force area? (not including police officers who hold them for their line of work)
2) How many licenced firearms/shotguns are there in your force area? (not including police firearms)
3) How many firearms/shotgun licenses were issued in your force area in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012? (not including licences to police officers who hold them for their line of work)'
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 Criminal Justice Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
1. As at 31/03/2013 we had 3631 firearms certificates in force and 9048 shot gun certificates in force (please note that a number of certificate holders will hold either a firearm certificate and/or a shot gun certificate).
2. As at 31/03/2013 there are 10,995 firearms held and 20,573 shot guns held by certificate holders.
3. As at 31/03/2008 we had 3454 firearms certificates and 8912 shot gun certificates in force.
As at 31/03/2009 we had 3627 firearms certificates and 9260 shot gun certificates in force.
As at 31/03/2010 we had 3565 firearms certificates and 9031 shot gun certificates in force.
As at 31/03/2011 we had 3626 firearms certificates and 9115 shot gun certificates in force.
As at 31/03/2012 we had 3615 firearms certificates and 9028 shot gun certificates in force.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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.