According to BASC, for the past two years, neither the police nor the Home Office has been able to tell how many firearms are in legal possession or how many people own firearms in England and Wales legally.

BASC’s senior firearms officer, Mike Eveleigh, said: “The release of the latest figures is disappointing and gives us little faith in the National Firearms Licensing System, which is meant to provide an accurate and useful service to the police, the Home Office and the general public who have paid for it.”

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