Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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Jack Mossman, aged 18 and from Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, has been handed a suspended eighteen-month term in a young offenders’ institute and ordered to complete 35 rehabilitation activity days after pleading guilty to possession a firearm with a barrel less than 30 centimetres. After he tried to sell a converted 9mm blank-firing pistol on Facebook, a member of the public alerted police. When officers arrested Mossman, he told them that he had swapped a motorbike for the weapon, not realising it was prohibited.

Daily Echo


After being found in possession of a blank-firing starter pistol in Bournemouth, Dorset in July this year, 55-year-old Vasile Moraru has been fined £538 and ordered to pay a £215 surcharge and £85 costs. Click on media link to read full report.

Daily Record


John McCann, 35, and Anton Brannigan, 30, have each been jailed for thirteen years after being convicted of the attempted murders of two men. In January 2021, McCann and Brannigan lay in wait for their victims outside a shop in Glasgow, Scotland, before one of them fired a shotgun into their van. Both men were hit and needed hospital treatment to remove pellets. The assailants fled by car and later filmed themselves bragging about the attack. The court heard that McCann, who had been wearing an electronic tag at the time of the shooting, had a grudge against one of his victims.



A man was arrested in Harlesden, North London after a member of the public spotted him reportedly in possession of a knife and a gun. Click on media link to read full report.

Essex Police


Following several reports of a BB gun being fired from a car travelling around Colchester, Essex, police officers stopped the vehicle and recovered a BB gun and ammunition. Two men were arrested on suspicion of offences including assault, failing to stop and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The Northern Echo


David Langan, aged 53, has been jailed for two years after being convicted of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or alarm and witness intimidation. In May last year, Langan pointed an unloaded air rifle at enforcement officers who called to his home in Darlington, Co. Durham to ask him to clear rubbish from the front of his property. The officers were unaware of the gun but, after a neighbour reported the act to police, an armed unit was called in. Langan went on to try to intimidate a witness before his trial.



After a car was shot at with a suspected BB gun in Alfreton, Derbyshire, a man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. Click on media link to read full report.

Lancashire Telegraph


In September this year, police received reports of people shooting pigeons and targets on trees in public places in Padiham, Lancashire, including near one park where children were playing. Police have since confiscated an air rifle from one person and issued a warning to members of the public to remind them that it is illegal to carry a weapon or air weapon, loaded or unloaded, in a public place.

Cotswold Journal


Police officers safely recovered a rusty firearm after it was pulled up by two boys magnet fishing in the River Avon in Evesham, Worcestershire. Click on media link to read full report.

News Shopper


It has emerged that one of six teenage males, who were refused alcohol at a shop in Plumstead, South East London in September this year, allegedly threatened the shopkeeper with what looked like a handgun. Police have issued images of the suspects, wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

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This information is provided by the Infer Trust. It is compiled from media reports of incidents in England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland has different gun legislation. We know the information is incomplete, though we believe nearly all of the most serious crimes are included.