GCN ARCHIVE

 

Firearms Offences - Scotland 1989 - 2008

Since 2005/06 the data differ from those previously published because minor Firearms 1968 Act offences, mainly relating to possession, handling and distribution of weapons and ammunition, are no longer included in the main statistics.  Better identification of firearms used in offences has meant a decrease in the Unidentified category and increases in some of the other categories.  Particularly from 2006/07 clarification with police forces regarding what should be included in the statistical returns is expected to result in an increase in some of the more minor categories.  See the Statistical Bulletin.

The Bulletin gives details of offences from 1996-97 but we also include data from previous years, although exact comparisons may not be possible.

 

Total Offences

             

 

All

Shotgun

Handgun

Imitation

Other

inc. Rifle and

Unidentified

Airgun

 
1989

1479

173

18

93

189

1006

 
1990

1495

160

25

97

146

1060

 
1991

1921

243

63

106

306

1192

 
1992

1959

257

39

152

341

1159

 
1993

1773

255

50

87

334

1036

 
1994

1788

195

72

137

366

1005

 
1995

1721

140

75

104

244

1139

Data overlap with 1995/96
               
1995/96

1765

110

120

105

275

1155

Data overlap with 1995
1996/97

1481

84

171

140

124

962

 
1997/98

1054

47

134

72

97

704

 
1998/99

1051

45

156

60

127

663

 
1999/00

975

53

114

73

112

623

 
2000/01

960

41

112

54

188

565

 
2001/02

1003

23

39

58

479

404

 
2002/03

1034

21

30

143

511

329  
2003/04

958

16 23 85 397 437  
2004/05

1136

30 24 72 524 486  
2005/06   1068 57 98 59 236 618  
2006/07   1261 52 75 118 332 684  
2007/08   1125 41 93 109 315 567  
 

All

Shotgun

Handgun

Imitation

Other

inc. Rifle and

Unidentified

Airgun

 

Injury (includes Homicide for data 1989 -1995)

             
 

All

Shotgun

Handgun

Imitation

Other

inc. Rifle and

Unidentified

Airgun

 
1989 344 16 4   5 319  
1990

346

15

6

 

14

315

 
1991

420

17

2

 

15

386

 
1992

390

30

3

 

13

344

 
1993

320

21

12

 

18

269

 
1994

383

18

9

 

34

322

 
1995

421

15

12

 

39

355

Data overlap with 1995/96
               
1995/96

446

18*

39*

 

29*

332*

* for Calendar Year 1996
1996/97

322

5*

14*

 

13*

235*

* for Calendar Year 1997
1997/98

240

8*

15*

 

10*

215*

* for Calendar Year 1998
1998/99

257

7*

20*

 

13*

229*

* for Calendar Year 1999
1999/00

259

3*

6*

 

41*

256*

* for Calendar Year 2000
2000/01

320

6*

10*

 

133*

199*

* for Calendar Year 2001
2001/02

326

0*

0*

22*

168*

144*

* for Calendar Year 2002
2002/03

340

4*

0*

16*

123*

112*

* for Calendar Year 2003

2003/04

239            

2004/05

316 5 1 11 206

94

 
2005/06 189 9 8 0 52

120

 
2006/07 239 13 9 5 69

143

 
2007/08 207 10 9 6 90

92

 
 

All

Shotgun

Handgun

Imitation

Other

inc. Rifle and

Unidentified

Airgun

 

Homicide

             
 

All

Shotgun

Handgun

Imitation

Other

inc. Rifle and

Unidentified

Airgun

 
1989

7

           
1990

3

           
1991

7

           
1992

6

           
1993

8

           
1994

9

           
1995

11

          Data overlap with 1995/96
               
1995/96

25

          Data overlap with 1995
1996/97

8

1*

5*

 

0*

  * for Calendar Year 1997
1997/98

5

3*

1*

 

3*

  * for Calendar Year 1998
1998/99

7

3*

0*

 

3*

  * for Calendar Year 1999
1999/00

5

1*

1*

 

0*

  * for Calendar Year 2000
2000/01 3 0* 1*   4*   * for Calendar Year 2001
2001/02 5 0* 0* 0* 2* 1* * for Calendar Year 2002
2002/03 3 1* 0* 0* 1* 0* * for Calendar Year 2003
2003/04

2

           
2004/05

8

1

1

0

4

2

 
2005/06

8

2

3

0

2

1

 
2006/07

8

1

1

0

5

1

 
2007/08

4

1

1

0

1

1

 
 

All

Shotgun

Handgun

Imitation

Other

inc. Rifle and

Unidentified

Airgun