7 July 2016 – More people own licensed pistols in Sussex than anywhere else in the UK, according to new government figures.
Released at the end of last month, the 2015/16 firearm and shotgun certificate statistics include a breakdown of firearm types and certificate holder demographics for the first time.
The statistics cover England and Wales only and were counted between March 2015 and March 2016.
A quick analysis of the data by UK Shooting News reveals:
- Sussex has the largest number of legally owned pistols in the UK (1,177) while Merseyside has the fewest (58)*
- London’s Met Police tops the black powder pistol league
- Devon and Cornwall is by far the police area with the largest number of certificate holders and licensed firearms/shotguns
- Aside from D&C, North Yorkshire holds the largest number of section 1 shotguns
- Cleveland has the fewest FAC and SGC holders*
- There is just one man in the City of London Police area who owns a section 1 shotgun
- Sussex also has the largest number of ‘not specified’ items held on FACs
UKSN will be publishing other stories based on these statistics as time permits. Because these are new statistics, it is not possible to do a year-on-year comparison for anything other than raw FAC/SGC numbers – and plenty of others have already done that.
The City of London Police has so few FAC and SGC holders – 3 FAC and 25 SGC – that UKSN’s author has excluded it from these comparisons as every other police force has hundreds or thousands.