16 Feb 2016 – New statistics from Parliament reveal that more than 160,000 guns could be taken from law-abiding shooters if the EU’s planned semi-automatic firearm ban became law in Britain.
Home Office and policing minister Mike Penning was asked by Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown to provide the number of semi-automatic .22 rifles are held in England and Wales.
Penning’s reply revealed that on 15th December 2015 there were 40,232 semi-auto .22s held on FACs in England and Wales alone.
There are 108,562 self-loading section 2 shotguns on SGCs in England and Wales, in addition to 12,282 section 1 shotguns held on FACs.
The figures did not break down how many individuals would be affected by the EU gun ban.
There are no figures available for Scotland and Northern Ireland because that data is, apparently, not under the Home Office’s control. UKSN wonders whether the “National” Firearms Licensing Management System is truly the national system it’s claimed to be.
The full letter is reproduced below.