Exclusive: NABIS ‘misused gun’ database search filters revealed

5 July 2016 – The full list of request filters on the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS)’s main database can be publicly revealed for the first time.

As regular readers know, NABIS – supposedly a police ballistics lab whose purpose is to help convict criminals who misuse guns of any type – has morphed into an anti-shooting campaign organisation which uses money and resources handed to it by the police to publicly demand for increased bans and restrictions on the lawful ownership and use of firearms.

The lab is headquartered at, and partly funded by, Greater Manchester Police. All other ‘county’ police forces pay the equivalent of an annual subscription to NABIS from public (i.e. taxpayers’) funds, which finances the organisation’s operations.

While it has undoubtedly done good work in helping convict real criminals, its anti-shooting campaigning has caused severe concern within the licensed firearms community, particularly after the government acted on NABIS’ urging for a partial ban on antique firearms – despite these changes costing the licensed firearms community almost £750,000 and saving just one theoretical life per year.

Most of the police PR campaign against the lawful ownership of antique firearms was driven by NABIS, along with the help of its shadowy “independent advisory group” made up of anti-shooting journalists, academics, political campaigners and others.

Today UKSN reveals the inner workings of one of NABIS’ main tools: its central database request filters.

NABIS has consistently held two main positions whenever it is questioned:

a) The information it holds on its database about the number and type of misused firearms in the UK is too sensitive for mere mortals to read.

b) It is impossible to tell whether criminals are misusing banned firearms, or firearms that would otherwise be legal to own in the UK, because it would take too long to collate this information from police databases.

Today’s revelations destroy the ability of NABIS and the police to hide behind b). It is a matter of a few clicks for NABIS employees to find out how many pistols, revolvers or sub-machine guns were misused by criminals over a given time period.

Without further ado, here are the request filters in full.

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What do these mean?

These are the filters that can be used by NABIS employees searching NABIS’ central database of every firearm used in a crime in the UK. Along with actual guns, the database includes airguns, BB guns, replicas, blank firers – and ‘inferred guns’, where, for example, a gun may have been fired and a cartridge case found at the scene, but not the gun itself.

Thus, it is a simple matter of running a search using the two filters for “sub-machine gun” and “home made” to discover how many criminals in the UK built, say, their own Sten guns.

UKSN presents this information in the hope that readers will make use of it in their own way.

5 thoughts on “Exclusive: NABIS ‘misused gun’ database search filters revealed

  1. Nick B

    there ought to be another filter: “legally held” then it’d be a mere click away to show the problem with gun crime……


    1. Charles

      But you see, there would be so few entries under that heading, “legally held”, that it could not be justified.


  2. commonlycalledcosmin

    I think we should email NABIS asking them if this data is correct and why they cannot seem to pinpoint the types of guns which are used in crime? Would this revelation collapse the anti-gun mantra and show that the majority of guns used in crime are not legally held/or not legal in the UK to own.



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