These are the counties where shooters’ PCC votes matter

29 April 2016 – Following UK Shooting News’ rough’n’ready analysis of the counties where police and crime commissioner elections can be affected by the shooting vote, here is the full data for each individual police area.

Shooters could potentially swing the vote in each of their force areas thanks to low turnouts in the PCC elections.

Police and Crime Commissioners are members of the public elected to have a degree of control over their police forces. They can apply pressure to chief constables to ensure services such as firearms licensing are carried out promptly and efficiently.

The first table below shows the counties in which the number of firearm and shotgun certificates on issue is greater than the sitting PCC’s majority.

shooter majority counties

Table 1: All the counties in which FACs and SGCs outnumber the sitting PCC’s majority

The next table shows all the counties where certificates are outnumbered by the sitting PCC’s majority.

shooter non majority counties

UKSN urges shooters to consider whether local candidates are pro-shooting or not. Further information can be found on the BASC and CA websites.

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2 thoughts on “These are the counties where shooters’ PCC votes matter

  1. Nick B

    Isn’t that interesting, the Force areas where the shooters outnumber the sitting PCC’s majority tend to be Conservative with a smattering of Independent, and where the PCC has a nice big fat majority and few shooters – it’s Labour…….there’s probably some long winded socio economic reason for this but it looks at first glance that it’s the more metropolitan / industrial areas vote Labour come what may.

    As it happens that’s just like my force area, you could stand the worst kind of crook up for PCC as long as he was Labour and they’d get voted in.

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  2. Nicholas Harman

    I’m interested if my candidate is pro shooting I suppose but frankly I think the candidate’s opinions on other things matter more than what he or she thinks of my hobby. One has to think of the bigger picture.

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