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Gun crime: How do weapons appear on England’s streets?

May 9, 2018
Armoury

Over the bank holiday weekend, a spate of shootings across England hit the headlines. They add to a picture of rising gun crime, after more than a decade of big decreases.

Although gun-related offences have risen for the past four years, there were still less than half as many gun crimes in England and Wales last year as there were in the early 2000s.

Where do the guns come from?

Guns are very tightly controlled in the UK. Those that end up on the black market often start off as legal guns – but become illegal because they are modified or their licence status changes.

Gun crime: How do weapons appear on England’s streets?Gun crime: How do weapons appear on England’s streets?

For example, a legal gun covered by a firearms licence could be stolen from a farm or firearms dealer.

Murdered MP Jo Cox was killed with a gun that had been stolen from someone who held it legally with a licence.

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