Numbers of firearms certificates issued in England and Wales from 2009 to 2010.
- There were 141,775 firearm certificates on issue on 31 March 2010, an increase of two per cent compared with 138,728 on issue at the end of March 2009.
- 580,653 shotgun certificates were on issue on 31 March 2010, one per cent more than the 574,946 on issue at the end of March 2009.
- Around one per cent of new applications for firearm certificates and two per cent of new applications for shotgun certificates were refused in 2009/10.
- There were 3,182 registered firearm dealers on 31 March 2010, an increase of 12 per cent on last year, and 57 per cent higher than on 31 March 2006. The main reason for this increase is thought to be due to new legislation requiring persons who deal in air weapons to be registered as firearms dealers which was introduced in October 2007.