The annual Home Office statistics on firearms and shotgun certificates were published today (23 July 2020). These figures highlight a continued strong participation in shooting sports in the UK, says BASC.

As of 31 March 2020, there were 586,351 people in possession of a firearm and/or shotgun certificate.

Bill Harriman BASC’s director of firearms said: “With a total of 25,983 successful grants in the year, shooting sports continues to draw in new crowds. A small decrease in the total number of certificate holders is thought to be down to delays by the Home Office in creating an adequate medical procedure to align with licensing.

“Our licensing system is among the strictest in the world but is still open to all. BASC works continuously to see a fair representation for shooting sports in the UK and works closely with licensing departments.”

The Home Office statistics also show female certificate holders increasing in line with a five-year trend.

Bill continued: “Although still lacking in overall representation, this continuing trend of women participants is good news for shooting as a whole. Shooting’s inclusiveness is limitless and we welcome all new certificate holders to our community.”

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