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One in six in Fermanagh own a legally-held firearm

The county has the highest per-resident ratio of firearms – there are 140,000 of them legally owned across Northern Ireland.

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A FREEDOM OF Information request by the Irish News (print edition) has found that there are almost 140,000 legally-held firearms in Northern Ireland.

County Fermanagh has the highest ration of firearms-per-resident with one in six – 9,214 – having at least one. Dungannon has 8,259 and Ballymena has 7,929.

The total of 139,929 guns are shared out between 61,565 owners. There are 233,120 firearms legally owned in the Republic of Ireland – but the country has two-and-a-half times the population of Northern Ireland.

Read: Bimpe Archer’s story in The Irish News (print edition)>

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