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.
Data from 1989 onwards are
now included in the GCN Archive.