Firearms crime statistics

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Dominic Davis-Foster

Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,

I am writing to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please could you tell me, for your force area and for each of the last 10 years that you are able to, the following:
• Number of deaths due to .22" bullets
• Number of injuries due to .22" bullets
• Number of other incidents involving legally held .22 firearms
• Number of arrests relating to .22" firearms (legally and illegally held)
• Number of convictions arising from offences involving .22" firearms (legally and illegally held)
• Number of unsolved cases involving .22" firearms
• Number of air weapons seized that use a self-contained gas cartridge, also called “tandem air cartridge” (TAC) or “Brocock”
• Number of .22" firearms held on firearm certificates

Please could you also tell me the calibres and brands of ammunition used by the force’s AFOs, both while training and while on duty.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after you receive this request. I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received this request.

Yours faithfully,

Dominic Davis-Foster

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Mr Dominic Davis-Foster Our Reference 1169/17

[FOI #434102 email] Date 24 October 2017

 

 

Dear Mr Davis Foster

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 26^th
September 2017 under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Specifically you asked:

 

Please could you tell me, for your force area and for each of the last 10
years that you are able to, the following:

 1. Number of deaths due to .22" bullets
 2. Number of injuries due to .22" bullets
 3. Number of other incidents involving legally held .22 firearms
 4. Number of arrests relating to .22" firearms (legally and illegally
held)
 5. Number of convictions arising from offences involving .22" firearms
(legally and illegally held)
 6. Number of unsolved cases involving .22" firearms
 7. Number of air weapons seized that use a self-contained gas cartridge,
also called “tandem air cartridge” (TAC) or “Brocock”
 8. Number of .22" firearms held on firearm certificates

 

Please could you also tell me the calibres and brands of ammunition used
by the force’s AFOs, both while training and while on duty.

 

 

Our response:

 

Your request has been considered and I regret to advise you that your
request is refused because we estimate that the cost of identifying the
requested information would exceed the cost limits under the Act which is
currently set at £450 or 18 staff hours work.  This letter represents a
Refusal Notice under the Act.

 

This is because the information requested in questions 1 – 6 is not
centrally recorded and would involve an extensive search of over 3,000
files to find and collate it. Whilst records have a ‘firearms’ tag, each
record would need to be manually reviewed in order to ascertain the number
of deaths or injuries caused by use of the firearm, the type of firearm
and bullet, and whether the firearm mentioned was legally held. It is
estimated it would take considerably longer than 18 hours to comply.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Rebecca Pritchard

Freedom of Information Officer

Corporate Information Management Department

 

 

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