GUN Brit gets 5 years for collecting guns

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  1. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I believe I posted this story earlier when he was initially arrested so this is an update with his sentence.

    Gun-crazy pensioner locked up
    Oct 29 2006
    Laura Kemp, Wales on Sunday

    A PENSIONER who held an illegal arsenal of more than 100 guns at his home has been jailed for five years.

    Retired rail worker William Charles Hughes, 66, had earlier admitted two charges of selling illegal firearms and 13 of possessing illegal guns.

    Police found 111 weapons while the Army had to dispose of a deactivated grenade at his home in Gwersyllt, Wrexham.

    His barrister told Caernarfon Crown Court "the world was a very different place" when Hughes' interest began.

    Hughes also had 24 shotguns and 37 rifles at his house.

    He also admitted a charge of possessing ammunition.

    Police raided Hughes' house in June and found an arsenal of illegal guns, some of which were hidden in a false water tank in the attic.

    One of the 37 handguns found was loaded and there was also a deactivated grenade which an army bomb disposal team was called in to make safe. :rofl: :ugh:

    Hughes also admitted selling two guns, including a semi automatic pistol to another collector.

    Prosecutor Ed Beltrami said Hughes told police that he was a member of a gun club but the illegal weapons did not leave his house.

    He added: "He left the firearms around the house because he didn't have enough secure cabinets in which to store them."

    Simon Medland, defending Hughes, said his client never had any intention of using the guns and the law had changed since he started collecting, particularly after the Dunblane school shootings in 1996. He added: "This is the first time he's been before the courts.

    "When Mr Hughes began his interest in firearms the world was a very different place in its approach to guns."

    Some of the guns dated back to the 18th and 19th Centuries and a large number of weapons at the property were held legally, the court heard.

    But Judge John Rogers said Hughes had been aware of the change in the law on guns and sentenced him to five years in jail.

    He told him: "You, I'm sure, now appreciate the gravity of storing at your home so many prohibited firearms and ammunition."


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  2. BigBadJohn

    BigBadJohn Pay-back time OT Supporter

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    Army was needed to dispose of a DEACTIVATED grenade? :ugh:
    Was there still explosive material inside?
     
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    :werd: UK takes things like that too serious. Calling in the army FFS.
     
  4. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    That judge sounds like an ass. The Brits are such pussies. "Bloody hell, it's an inert grenade! Better call the Army.":greddy:

    Although, since most of them don't carry guns, they probably shat themselves when they saw what they thought was a grenade.
     
  5. TL1000RSquid

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    UK deactivating rules are different then the US for firearms but I would think with grenades it would be the same the ones I have are hollowed out all explosive removed and the fuse removed. Fairly obvious they are dewatt's if you see the big hole in the bottom.
     
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    One of the handguns was LOADED?!?! OH MY GOD!!!

    We're lucky that gun didn't inadvertently go off and kill the neighbor kid.
     
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    you would think that the brits would allow some sort of provision for collectors, like removal of the sear, or firing pin or something, to make them legally deactivated.
     
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    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Chamber has to be welded, holes drilled in the barrel.
     
  9. Michael Westen

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    :ugh: if this trend continues, so many places are just inviting the next Hitler to target them. You have to think there are crimminals, dictators, militaries etc. that are drooling over BS like this.
     
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    So pretty much ruined for eternity.
     
  11. 7

    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    we watched a video about gun ownership in class, some guy in either England or AUS (I think England) lost a colt collection valued at $12K plus alot more :ugh:
     
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    Yep, they do get to have intact recievers though, wish I could get one of the dewatt'd ak74's they sell over there.
     

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