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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19703: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many licences to issue the type of weapons set out at section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968 have been granted in each year since 2011, broken down by local authority; what checks must be undertaken prior to a licence being granted; what follow-up checks are made, and how many licences were revoked (a) following a follow-up check and (b) for other reasons, broken down by reason.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 20 November 2018

The number of section 5 authorisations granted by Scottish Ministers
in each year since 2011, broken down by local authority area, is
provided below. This includes new, renewed and amended section 5
authorisations. Some authorisations will be granted for short periods
to cover specific activities (e.g. visiting international athletes). In a
small number of cases it is not possible to specify a local authority
area due to the type of section 5 authorisation.

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Aberdeen City

0

1

1

0

3

1

1

3

Aberdeenshire

5

8

6

3

6

4

3

5

Angus

1

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

Argyll & Bute

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

0

Clackmannanshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dumfries & Galloway

4

2

9

12

4

9

1

6

Dundee City

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

East Ayrshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

East Dunbartonshire

5

2

0

6

1

0

1

0

East Lothian

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

East Renfrewshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Edinburgh, City of

6

5

5

3

5

3

2

5

Eilean Siar

0

0

1

1

1

2

1

1

Falkirk

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Fife

4

1

4

1

2

3

1

5

Glasgow City

3

8

10

25

3

4

7

2

Highland

1

1

5

2

3

2

2

2

Inverclyde

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Midlothian

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Moray

1

1

2

3

1

0

1

1

North Ayrshire

4

5

4

4

2

1

2

0

North Lanarkshire

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

1

Orkney Islands

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Perth & Kinross

3

1

1

0

2

1

0

1

Renfrewshire

5

2

8

3

1

5

3

4

Scottish Borders

0

1

0

3

1

0

0

1

Shetland Islands

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Ayrshire

2

1

0

3

2

0

1

1

South Lanarkshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stirling

0

4

2

0

4

1

1

0

West Dunbartonshire

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

West Lothian

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

Local Authority
information
unavailable

1

4

1

0

3

10

1

5

Firearms law is reserved and the Home Office issue guidance on its application, including
the process of section 5 authorisation and checks involved. The Home Office Guide on
Firearms Licensing Law April 2016 can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment
_data/file/518193/Guidance_on_Firearms_Licensing_Law_April_2016_v20.pdf

Section 5 authorisations usually last for 3 years and are subject to full reapplication process
on renewal. Police Scotland carry out routine follow-up checks while an authority remains
valid, as regularly as is deemed necessary. Since 2011 Scottish Ministers have revoked one
section 5 authority following a Police Scotland recommendation that the dealership could
not continue without danger to the public safety or to the peace .