Gun crime UK

If you're worried about guns in your local area or concerned about the general

issue of teenagers and weapons, find out the facts here,

Gun crime - the details

Gun crime can cover any crime that involves the use of a gun, including an

imitation gun.

This includes:

- Where a victim was shot.
- Any situation where a gun was fired illegally, whether anyone was injured

or not.
- A robbery or burglary where the thieves carried a gun.
- Intimidating people with a gun, real or imitation.
- Carrying an unlicensed gun.

Gun laws

Generally speaking, you must have a licence from the PSNI before you can buy or

handle a firearm including air guns (except for very low powered ones). To tackle

the problem of gun-related crime, sentences for people convicted of crimes involving

guns have been made a lot tougher.

It is illegal to sell an imitation firearm to someone under 18 and for a person under

18 to buy one. It is illegal to carry firearms and imitation firearms in a public place

without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.

Current Statics

Alhough still lower than between 2002 - 2010 gun crime has been on the rise again

from 2014.

In England and Wales in 2016-17, there were 31 fatal shootings - or one for every

1.9 million people. And there were 9,578 weapons offences that resulted in injury.

In the US, in contrast, there were 11,000 murders or manslaughters involving a

firearm or one death for every 30,000 people.

Last year:

just over half of all firearms offences involved a gun actually being fired
in just under half of cases, a gun was used as a threat
in a small minority of cases, a gun was used as a blunt instrument

There is evidence of a genuine rise in crime - NHS figures reveal an increase in

hospital admissions in England for assault by firearm discharge.

But part of the increase in recorded offences could also be down to the police prioritising

gun crime. As they focus more of their efforts on looking for these crimes, they find more.

Helping to prevent gun crime

If you have information about gun crime in your area and you're nervous about going to the police, you should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They will never ask for your name or try to trace the number that you're calling from.

For further advice please see our contacts page