Assessing the threat posed by registered firearms dealers (RFDs) in the UK
Bryant, R., Arditti, R. and Gustafson, K. 2019. Assessing the threat posed by registered firearms dealers (RFDs) in the UK. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paz031
|Authors||Bryant, R., Arditti, R. and Gustafson, K.|
This paper examines the threat posed by Registered Firearms Dealers (RFDs) in the UK, based on an analysis of 12 case-studies of dealers found to have committed serious criminal acts and 29 semi-structured interviews with law enforcement agencies and representatives of ‘shooting’ organisations. The analysis reveals a number of concerns with the regulatory and enforcement regimes surrounding RFDs.
Our research demonstrates that RFDs have the capability and opportunity to pose a threat to public security but a key challenge remains to identify and assess the likelihood of RFD criminal intent. At the time of writing there were no standardised structured methodologies to identify intent during the RFD licencing process. However, via a novel ‘Indicators and Warnings’ analysis, we provide a basis for how this might be undertaken.
|Journal||Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paz031|
|23 May 2019|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||29 May 2019|
|Accepted||24 Apr 2019|
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