Joined: 17 Jun 2006
|Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:36 am Post subject: Dealer convicted for illegal import and supply
Hmm, Birmingham Shooting Centre in one of the pictures.
As pointed out in the article, several of the firearms he simply imported and claimed were antiques and HMRC didn't pay much attention.
So all of this guff in the Policing and Crime Act about antiques won't make any difference if HMRC don't pay attention, and he didn't just do it once, he imported 280 firearms and because HMRC didn't do their jobs, the police don't know which ones were actually antiques when imported and which ones he just claimed were antiques.
|He side-stepped UK laws on importing old guns for which ammunition was commercially available, by falsely declaring to the authorities in customs paperwork they were obsolete 'antiques'.
The guns, whose importation is subject to complex rules, were not checked in any detail at UK customs.
Trial judge Richard Bond described how he had been 'aghast to hear evidence of one dealer being waved-through on occasion by customs at Heathrow'.
So he wasn't trying to say they were section 7 or anything, he just lied.
Only three things are certain: death, taxes and stupid gun laws.