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Slight fall in recorded offences involving firearms 23/04/2019 Scotland’s Chief Statistician has published a bulletin showing that in 2017-18, the police in Scotland recorded 348 offences in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved

Slight fall in recorded offences involving firearms

Scotland’s Chief Statistician has published a bulletin on Recorded Crimes and Offences Involving Firearms, 2016-17 & 2017-18, showing that in 2017-18, the police in Scotland recorded 348 offences in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved, a decrease of 1% from 2016-17 (350 offences) and 13% from 2015-16 (402 offences).

The announcement from the Chief Statistician highlights that changes have been made to the data collection process following a review. It warns that any direct comparison with previously published statistics for the period prior to 2015-16 will not provide a reliable measure of change, as earlier figures may have underestimated the number of offences involving firearms.

However, despite this note of caution, the announcement confirms that the number of offences in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved in 2017-18 was lower than any other year since the current data collection began in 1980.

The most commonly committed offences involving a firearm in 2017-18 were Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, commit crime, etc. (18%), Breach of the peace etc. (17%) and Common assault (14%).

The number of offences in which a firearm was discharged and caused fatal or non-fatal injury decreased by two (or 5%) from 43 in 2016-17 to 41 in 2017-18.

An air weapon was the main firearm used in 36% of all offences including the alleged involvement of a firearm in 2017-18, followed by a pistol (11%) and a shotgun (7%).

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