FIREARMS BY TYPE

On 1 October 2007 restrictions were placed on the purchase of air weapons and, with certain exceptions, it became illegal to sell, import or manufacture realistic imitation firearms.  To emphasise the need for further legislation we had previously highlighted incidents involving these weapons but because few measures, such as amnesties or hand-ins, have been introduced to ensure a reduction in the large numbers of these guns already in circulation, we continue to highlight such incidents.  We do not, however, underestimate the dangers posed by all other types of weapon, both legal and illegal.

Please note that GCN describes the weapons used in each incident as they have been reported in the relevant article.  We are aware that the use of some terms can be problematic.  In particular, the term ball bearing gun is being used to describe both (i) airguns firing ball-bearing type ammunition and (ii) BB guns (defined on the basis that they fire "BB" size pellets, but usually referring to low powered imitation firearms that discharge plastic pellets (generally 6 mm in diameter), "airsoft" guns).  In some incidents in which a weapon has been described as a handgun it will not be known whether this was a real firearm or an imitation gun.

Incidents involving shotguns, often legally owned, are denoted in blue. We also make note of incidents involving sawn-off shotguns, which are easier to maneuver and conceal than a full-size shotgun. They are thus almost always used by criminals, police or military. In locations such as the UK where handguns are illegal and difficult to obtain, legal shotguns are often converted for ease of criminal use.

The use of taser guns, including by police officers in an effort to prevent further violence, are denoted in purple.

 

 

 

 

 

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