This weapon could have been used to create fear and harm in our communities and its discovery shows yet again how vital information from the community can be in our fight against gun crime
In the long term we need to build on the ongoing deterrent work, alongside other agencies, charities and the community, which is a crucial part of our longterm plan to tackle gun crime
has fallen by a quarter in Greater Manchester during the last year, say the force.
Norfolk and Suffolk saw a big spike in gun crime
last year with 74 firearms offences - more than treble the 20 reported a year earlier.
Speaking about the rise in gun crime
, Mr Thompson admitted: "It's fair to say that the problem has come back and we need to re-double our efforts.
CS spray is counted as a firearm so if you're caught with that it will go down as a gun crime
But a Pew Research Center study studying gun crimes
in America from 1993 to 2010 shows that while 56 percent of respondents believe gun crimes
have increased, and another 26 percent believe they have stayed the same, the truth is that gun crimes
in America over the last two decades have fallen sharply.
The drop in gun crime
mirrors a general fall in US violent crime.
They are already battling an 18% overall rise in gun crime
and the increased use of shotguns and converted weapons in the capital.
The figures, released to the Conservatives in Parliamentary answers, show a full breakdown of gun crime
by police force and region.
The CCJS, which is based at King's College, London, called on ministers to focus on social and economic solutions to gun crime
When the handgun ban came into force we were given the assurance that it would reduce gun crime
The gun control movement needs to take responsibility for its own poor showing, which is largely due to its reliance on policies that are not only unpopular but unlikely to reduce gun crime
In addition to prosecuting gun crime
in order to take those who commit it off the streets, Project Safe Neighborhoods is working to prevent gun crime
by reaching potential perpetrators before it's too late," said Attorney General John Ashcroft.
All four police forces in Wales are supporting the month-long amnesty, part of a Home Office campaign to tackle gun crime
in the UK.