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This Standard Note summarises statistics relating to crimes recorded by the police in England, Wales iand Scotland in which firearms were reportedly used. Detailed information relating to firearm offences is published in annual bulletins by the Home Office and Scottish Government.

In England and Wales firearms were reportedly used in 11,227 offences, 0.3% of all recorded crimes. In Scotland the police recorded 643 offences which involved the alleged use of a firearm, a 24% decrease on 2009/10. The number of offences has fallen in each of the last four years


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