Figure 11: The number of police recorded offences involving firearms has decreased in the latest year
England and Wales, year ending March 2003 to year ending September 2018
Source: Home Office – Police recorded crime
Police recorded crime data are not designated as National Statistics.
Firearms include: shotguns; handguns; rifles; imitation weapons such as BB guns or soft air weapons; other weapons such as CS gas, pepper spray and stun guns; and unidentified weapons. They exclude conventional air weapons, such as air rifles.
South Wales and Cambridgeshire Police have not supplied data on firearm offences for April to June 2018. Due to the relatively low number of these offences in these forces, this will not change the overall picture of offences involving firearms.
Data on firearms offences are provisional and have not been reconciled with police forces.