Firearm Permits (2485_17)

Request

Firearms Licensing and Section 7 Temporary Permits

1. How many Section 7 Temporary Permits are currently issued to certificate holders as a result of renewals not being processed before the certificate expired?

2. How many Section 7 Temporary Permits, distinguishing between firearm certificates and shot gun certificates, were issued in 2016?

3. How many certificate holders are currently in possession of firearms/shot guns without a certificate because their certificate has expired and no Section 7 Temporary Permit has been issued?

4. What is the average turnaround time, expressed in working days, that it takes the department from receipt of applications to issue of the certificate for the following four licences?

a. Shotgun Licence Grant
b. Shotgun Licence Renewal
c. Firearm Licence Grant
d. Firearm Licence Renewal

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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