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Trends in Converted Firearms in England & Wales as Identified by the National Firearms Forensic Intelligence Database (NFFID) Between September 2003 and September 2008

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The National Firearms Forensic Intelligence Database (NFFID © Crown Copyright 2003-2008) was developed by The Forensic Science Service (FSS) as an investigative tool for collating and comparing information from items submitted to the FSS to provide intelligence reports for the police and relevant government agencies. The purpose of these intelligence reports was to highlight current firearm and ammunition trends and their distribution within the country. This study reviews all the trends that have been highlighted by NFFID between September 2003 and September 2008. A total of 8887 guns of all types have been submitted to the FSS over the last 5 years, where an average of 21% of annual submissions are converted weapons. The makes, models, and modes of conversion of these weapons are described in detail. The number of trends identified by NFFID shows that this has been a valuable tool in the analysis of firearms-related crime.

Keywords: National Firearms Forensic Intelligence Database; conversion methods; firearms; forensic science; intelligence; modifications; trends

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Forensic Science Service, Firearms Department, 109 Lambeth Road, London, SE1 7LP, UK.

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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