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
- Where a victim was shot.
- Any situation where a gun was fired illegally, whether anyone was injured
- A robbery or burglary where the thieves carried a gun.
- Intimidating people with a gun, real or imitation.
- Carrying an unlicensed gun.
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.
Alhough still lower than between 2002 - 2010 gun crime has been on the rise again
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.
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 www.hunterrichards.co.uk