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The police are responsible for administrating the gun control system all over the UK and they issue separate licences for each type of gun. At the moment, in England and Wales 138,728 people are certificated to hold guns and they own 435,383 weapons. There are 1.4 million legally owned shotguns. In Scotland 70,839 firearms are certified and 137,768 shotguns.
If the police believe that a licence holder can no longer be trusted to be in possession of a gun, they are able to revoke the licence. In the year 2008-09, almost 1,300 certificates were revoked.
The application for a gun licence is long and complicated. It asks specific questions about the applicants reasons for wanting a gun, it requests character references and also examines the applicants medical history.
One question asked of a referee is: "Do you have any knowledge of any significant difficulties the applicant has in relationships with his or her immediate family... given that a firearm or ammunition may be available in the household?"
The final check made by police on licence applicants is that they have a secure place to store their weapons so that no one else may have access.
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