Skorpion submachine guns

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2209
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A report from the National Crime Agency found evidence of an "increased threat" of Czech made Skorpian submachine guns being imported into the UK by street gangs in London and the south east. What is the Metropolitan Police Service doing to combat the importation of firearms, and how is it attempting to locate those weapons already in London?

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Answer for Skorpion submachine guns
Skorpion submachine guns

Skorpion submachine guns

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS led by Trident is working closely with the National Crime Agenc, National Ballistics Intelligence Service, and Europol to combat the importation of Skorpion sub-machine guns and other firearms into the UK.

Joint operations have resulted in eighteen firearms being seized in the UK of which seven were sub-machine guns. The majority of these weapons emanate originally from EU Balkan States. The Europe-wide threat is being addressed by EUROPOL and the National threat by the NCA. 

There has only been one incident this year where a reactivated Skorpion has been used in a discharge.  There were no injuries. The suspect was arrested and gun recovered with criminal proceedings pending. 

Due to operational sensitivities, more information regarding efforts to combat the importation and location of firearms in London cannot be divulged to ensure operations are not compromised. 

This answer was received on 14/08/15.