Chief Superintendent Rob Odell said the training given to firearms licensing officers was not the cause of the problem.
He said: 'We are in a situation not of our making
Absolute nonsense, the situation is entirely of their own making!
Ch Supt Odell said it became apparent in October that records of changes such as licence holders moving house or changing the type of gun used were not being updated.
So far 4,500 of the licence owners have responded since receiving letters in May
The force was aware of the problem, but bdid nothing for over 6 months! It beggars belief.