Some 1,163 real firearms are believed to have been seized by the Border Force in recent years.
That’s along with 6,737 imitation guns – including readily convertible and realistic imitation firearms – in the years between 2010-11 and 2014-15.
A further 8,047 seizures were made, which consisted of what’s listed as “other” type of firearms – which includes parts of guns, mace and pepper sprays, stun weapons / baton, air gas guns and silencers.
The figures were released to parliament by home officer minister James Brokenshire in response to a written question from Labour MP Keith Vaz about firearm smuggling.
In his response, Mr Brokenshire added: “The figures quoted are management information, which is subject to internal quality checks and may be subject to change. These figures are not already in the public domain.”