For each of the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 could you please tell me, within the cost limit
1 How many guns were seized by your police force?
2 How many people were arrested for gun possession?
3 How many imitation firearms were seized?
4 How many people were arrested for possession of an imitation firearm?
5 How many stun guns were seized?
6 How many people were arrested for possession of a stun gun?
7 What was the youngest age of a person arrested for a: possessing a gun? b: possessing an imitation firearm? c: possessing a stun gun?
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. In relation to the questions regarding seizures we will not be able to supply that information, as it would require a manual search of our property system.
Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).
Therefore, 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.
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.
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 (please see attached). 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.