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Figures show drop in gun permits
Man with shotgun
More than 50,000 shotgun certificates were issued last year
The number of firearm and shotgun certificates issued in Scotland fell last year, according to Scottish Executive figures.

Statistics show 26,538 firearm certificates were issued in 2005, down 359 on the previous year.

The figures show 51,110 shotgun certificates were issued over the same period, 1,299 fewer than in 2004.

More than a quarter of all firearm certificates issued were in the Northern Constabulary force area.

The Grampian and Strathclyde Police force areas accounted for nearly a third of the total firearm certificates.

There were 1,826 applications for new shotgun certificates in 2005, a 30% increase on the previous year.

The statistics show there were 13,134 renewed shotgun certificates in 2005, eight times as many as the previous 12 months.

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