Gun Incidents in Great Britain

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A cat was put to sleep after being shot with an air gun in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire. The pet had been shot in the abdomen, with the pellet traveling to her spine and causing nerve damage.

Bristol World


Robert Scott, aged 44, has been handed a twelve-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a fine and costs after pleading guilty to possessing an imitation firearm in a public place and possession of a Class B drug. Scott was stopped by patrol officers after they noticed him leaving a rucksack in a garden in Bristol. The bag was recovered and found to contain a Tornado .44 super magnum BB gun. Scott claimed to have previously used the gun for target practice and forgotten it was still in the bag. 

Yorkshire Evening Post


After police officers recovered drugs, knives, a slingshot, a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition from a flat in Wakefield, West Yorkshire in December last year, 49-year-old John Smart was jailed for 42 months, having admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply and possessing a firearm without a licence. Click on media link to read full report.

Express & Star


A man has been fatally shot at a gathering in Waltham Forest, North London. The man self-presented at a local hospital where he died from his injuries. A second man, who attended hospital with stab injuries, was arrested in connection with the incident.

Manchester Evening News


Police responding to reports of shots fired in Wigan, Greater Manchester found evidence of a suspected firearm discharge at one property. Click on media link to read full report.



Armed police officers were deployed following a report of a domestic disturbance at a property in Islington, London, during which a firearm was discharged and a fire was started. Police officers Tasered a man at the scene and arrested him on suspicion of possessing a firearm, possessing an offensive weapon and arson after he also threatened a member of the public. A suspected firearm was recovered.



Armed police officers arrested a man in Haddington, East Lothian following reports of a potential sighting of a firearm. Click on media link to read full report.

Chronicle Live


George Patrick, aged 66, was handed a community order after buying a stun gun disguised as a torch online from Amsterdam. After Border Force officials intercepted the parcel containing the weapon, police officers searched Patrick’s home in Jarrow, South Tyneside and recovered two similar firearms.



Following reports of a man with a firearm, police officers recovered a gun from a property in Hove, East Sussex and arrested two men on suspicion of possession of a firearm without a certificate. Click on media link to read full report.



A man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm after he allegedly fired an air rifle from the window of an address in Plymouth, Devon. Police officers, including firearms officers, were deployed in response to the shooting and an air rifle and BB gun were recovered from the property. A police spokesperson confirmed that some street furniture was damaged during the incident.

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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.