Police issue more than 150 new firearms permits

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POLICE issued more than 150 new firearms certificates in Lothian and Borders over the last year, the latest figures show.

The force also renewed 891 certificates to own a firearm during the year, while no applications for renewal were refused.

While 155 new certificates were given approval, five 
applications were turned down by the former Lothian and Borders Police force.

Another 153 people cancelled their certificates over the 12 months and five certificates were revoked. A total of 3634 firearms certificates were on issue in the force area on December 31 last year.

The figures means that 378 certificates were on issue per 100,000 population, the fifth highest out of the eight former Scottish police force areas. Northern had the highest rate at 2301.

Across Scotland, 25,702 firearms certificates were on issue at the end of the year.

A total of 1137 new applications were approved nationally in 2012 with only 12 refused.

Justice Secretary Kenny 
MacAskill said the weapons belonged to people who “had a legitimate reason for owning it”.

He said: “Police work extremely hard to make owners aware of their responsibilities.”