Firearm Applications (3192_14)

Request

1. How many shotgun applications have been made over the past three calendar years? Please could you break this down year-by-year.
2. How many shotgun applications have been accepted over the past three calendar years? Please could you break this down year-by-year.
3. How many shotgun applications have been rejected over the past three calendar years? Please could you break this down year-by-year. Also, for each application that has been rejected, please could you provide a reason. Such as, the applicant is ‘A danger to public safety’, ‘Of intemperate habits’, ‘Of unsound mind’, ‘Unfit to be entrusted with such a firearm’ or ‘No longer has “good reason” for possession’.
4. How many firearms applications have been made over the past three calendar years? Please could you break this down year-by-year.
5. How many firearms applications have been accepted over the past three calendar years? Please could you break this down year-by-year.
6. How many firearms applications have been rejected over the past three calendar years? Please could you break this down year-by-year. Also, for each application that has been rejected, please could you provide a reason. Such as, the applicant is ‘A danger to public safety’, ‘Of intemperate habits’, ‘Of unsound mind’, ‘Unfit to be entrusted with such a firearm’ or ‘No longer has “good reason” for possession’.
7. How many explosives applications have been made over the past three calendar years? Please could you break this down year-by-year.
8. How many explosives applications have been accepted over the past three calendar years? Please could you break this down year-by-year.
9. How many explosives applications have been rejected over the past three calendar years? Please could you break this down year-by-year. Also, for each application that has been rejected, please could you provide a reason. Such as, the applicant is ‘A danger to public safety’, ‘Of intemperate habits’, ‘Of unsound mind’, ‘Unfit to be entrusted with such a firearm’ or ‘No longer has “good reason” for possession’.

Response

The cost of providing all of the requested information, and therefore compliance with your request, is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond. Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (3192/13). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide all this information –

The only way to identify the requested information for questions 3 and 6 would be to undertake a manual search of each individual application. Therefore, such a search would exceed the appropriate limit. This means that.

The cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

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