§ Lord Burton
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How many firearms cases have been brought to court during the last five years (a) as a result of illegal weapons, and (b) as a result of legally held weapons.
Figures for the total number of prosecutions under the Firearms Act 1968 are given in the table below. It is not possible from the information held centrally to identify those offences where the weapons were held illegally.
Defendants proceeded against for offences against the Firearms Act 1968:
England and Wales Numbers 1982 5,430 1983 4,850 1984 4,160 1985 3,870 1986 3,160