Disclosure Details

Firearms and Shotgun Certificates - 909/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   17/11/2012

Date of response:   27/11/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 17 November 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. How many people hold firearms and shotgun certificates in the force area? 

  2. How many firearms and shotgun certificates were handed out across the force area in each of the following years 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

  3. How many children under the age of 18 were given a firearms and or shotgun certificate in each of the following years 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

  4. How many arrests were made for firearms offences in each of the following years 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

  5. How many of those arrested for firearms offences were children under the age of 18 (broken down by 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009)?

  6. With regards to Qs 4 & 5, how many were charged (broken down by 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009)?

  7. How many people have had their firearms or shotgun certificate revoked in each of the following years 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009, for what reasons? Please provide details.

  8. How many firearms have been confiscated in each of the following years 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009, for what reasons, as well as which type of firearm or shotgun this involved.

  9. How many firearms or shotguns have been reported stolen in each of the following years 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009?

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 both the Corporate Development and Firearms Licensing Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however can not be disclosed for the following reason.

We are unable to supply the information requested.  We have estimated that to provide the information which fully meets the criteria of your request, would at a conservative estimate take 27 hours, as this information is not held centrally nor in an easily retrievable format.  Therefore, Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply.  This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.

However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints, subject to any applicable exemptions, would be questions 1, 2, 3, 7 and 9.

You may wish to define and resubmit your request accordingly.

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.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


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 underour 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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