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Arrests for Gun Possession since 2014

Question

1. How many people were arrested for gun possession? 

2. How many people were arrested for possession of an imitation firearm?

3.  How many people were arrested for possession of a stun gun?

4. What was the youngest age of a person arrested for

a: possessing a gun?  

b: possessing an imitation firearm?  

c: possessing a stun gun? 

Answer

In order to provide you with the requested information, a search has been conducted of offences relating to Section 1 firearms and shotguns. The information provided does not include air weapons. Possession of a stun gun is not covered by a specific offence, but it included in the offence of ‘possess a weapon for the discharge of noxious liquid/gas/electrical incapitation device/thing’. These offences have been filtered to just ‘electrical incapitation device’ offences which includes stun guns and Tasers.

Please find the information below: 

Number of arrests

Category

2014

2015

2016

2. Possess Firearm

48

62

90

4. Possess imitation firearm

23

33

31

6. Possession of a stun gun

11

14

18

 

Age of youngest person arrested

Category

2014

2015

2016

a. Possess Firearm

16

15

15

b. Possess imitation firearm

16

15

14

c. Possession of a stun gun

17

19

16

FOI reference: 112/17.

Date of request: 26.01.17.