This web page will automatically redirect in 5 seconds as the content is no longer being updated here.

New location

The page will automatically redirect to Fire Arms Research Briefings produced by the Commons Library, Lords Library and POST

Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on legally-held firearms. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. Information on weapons held by the armed forces can be found under defence equipment and procurement; for illegally-held firearms see offensive weapons.

Commons Briefing Papers

12.09.2016Taser use in England and Wales
This Commons Library briefing paper details the introduction of the Taser to policing in England and Wales, sets out the training and operational guidance provided to officers issued with the weapon and summarises the controversy around its use.
02.03.2016Commons Library analysis: Policing and Crime Bill 2015-16
The Policing and Crime Bill 2015-16 has its second reading on 7 March 2016. It includes provisions covering collaboration between police and fire services; reforms to the police complaints and discipline systems; new safeguards for pre-charge bail; powers for police staff and volunteers; and changes to firearms law. This briefing analyses the Bill and the policy background, and provides some relevant comment.
03.02.2014Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill: Lords Amendments
This note gives background on Lords Amendments to the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill, which are due to be considered by the Commons on 4 February 2014.
29.05.2013Statutory Controls on Firearms
This note summarises the legislation restricting the possession and use of firearms in England and Wales and proposals for change.
30.01.2012Firearm Crime Statistics
This Standard Note summarises statistics relating to crimes recorded by the police in England, Wales and Scotland in which firearms were reportedly used.
22.12.2010Air Guns
09.12.2010Air guns in Scotland
Firearms law is currently a reserved matter. However, arguing that Scotland has a significantly bigger problem with airgun-inflicted injury and death than the rest of Great Britain, the Scottish Parliament has called for the right to make its own laws on air weapons.
22.12.2009Crime and Security Bill. Bill 3 2009-10.
The Bill would amend the law governing the taking, retention and destruction of fingerprints and DNA data from persons arrested for, charged with or convicted of criminal offences. It would reduce the requirements on the police to record information following a stop and search. It would introduce new 'go' orders for suspected perpetrators of domestic violence, which could mean excluding them from their homes in order to protect the victim. The Bill would also, in effect, extend new injunctions for gang-related violence to 14-18 year olds, and require courts to issue a Parenting Order where a child under 16 had breached an Anti-social Behaviour Order. It would require wheel clamping companies to be licensed, and create a new offence of possessing an authorised mobile phone in a prison. It also creates a new offence of preventing a person under 18 from gaining unauthorised access to air weapons.

Select Committee Reports

29.09.2011Firearms controls.
Government response. Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
14.12.2010Firearms controls.
Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes with concern that children under the age of 18 years are able to hold licences for shotguns and other firearms; further notes that a child as young as 10 years ...
That this House is alarmed that children as young as 10 years old in the east of England have been given shotgun licences; notes that figures released by the BBC show that in Bedfordshire ...
That this House believes that the interests of public safety demand a reduction in the availability and attractiveness of guns of all kinds; notes that air guns are still available ...
That this House welcomes the Scottish government's campaign highlighting the dangers of airguns and replica weapons; regrets that the UK Government has failed to take decisive action ...
07.07.2008USE OF AIR GUNS
That this House expresses sympathy for all those who have been injured or killed by air guns; welcomes the improved safeguards introduced by the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 for ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses