Date lodged: 10 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many air weapon licence applications made (a) between 1 July and 31 October 2016 and (b) since 1 November 2016 have been (i) received, (ii) processed, (iii) approved and (iv) rejected, broken down by Police Scotland region.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 24 January 2017
(a) I understand that 6,948 applications were received between 1 July and
31 October 2016. Of these 6,520 had been approved and 36 had been refused, at 12 January 2017. The remaining 392 applications were still in progress at that date.
(b) 5,436 further applications were received between 1 November and 31 December 2016. Police Scotland are processing these as quickly as possible.