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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11640: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 29 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of whether there are any potential additional threats posed to communities that contain premises involved in the design, manufacture or sale of armaments.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 25 October 2017

Any premises involved in the manufacture or sale of armaments in Scotland will have been evaluated by Police Scotland as part of the licensing process under the Firearms Act 1968, as amended. The security of these premises would be considered as part of the evaluations since safety of the public is a matter of paramount importance for Police Scotland and the Scottish Government.

The licensing controls under the firearms legislation apply to persons involved in the design of firearms only if their design trade or business also involves the manufacture, sale, transfer or testing of firearms or any other type of regulated transaction.