Shotgun certificates issued to children

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1164
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Recent reports have disclosed that across England and Wales children as young as eight have been issued with shotgun licences. How many shotgun licences have been issued in the last two years in London, and how many of these have been issued to individuals under the age of 18?

Answer

Answer for Shotgun certificates issued to children

Answer for Shotgun certificates issued to children

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In the past two years the MPS has issued 8274 shotgun certificates. Out of these, 56 have been issued to persons under the age of 18 (representing 0.7%). A person under the age of 15 cannot be in possession of an assembled shotgun unless under the supervision of a person aged over 21 and when the gun is in a securely fastened cover so that it cannot be fired. A person under the age of 15 cannot receive a shotgun as a gift. A person under the age of 18 may not purchase or hire any firearm.

A person under the age of 18 may wish to possess their own gun in order to participate in clay or rough activities, most usually in the company of adults. It would be beneficial for the participant to possess their own gun for reasons of familiarity. When considering the issue of a shotgun certificate to an under 18 year old, the MPS will make enquiries with the applicant, their parent/guardian and their school (if appropriate) to ensure there are no concerns regarding their suitability to possess a shotgun.