Bit late to the game on this one, but another stunning example of Durham Firearms excellent judgement calls. With clay pigeon shooters, rifle shooters, hunters and airsofters all bending over backwards to meet stringent requirements and stop their pastimes going the way of other Olympic sports such as pistol shooting we get fools such as Stephen Thompson of Darlingtons Army Surplus Store with illegal weapons and ammunition tucked up in his safe. After all, running an army surplus store is not like it would attract gun nuts at all would it?

So despite Parliament mandating a minimum 5 year sentence for illegal possesion of a firemarm, a statutory crime, and notwithstanding the fact that it was a The Tariq semi-automatic 9mm weapon which cannot be owned legally in the UK by a civilian under any circumstances, and that it was found next two stun guns, a pepper spray and three knuckle dusters; Depsite all that, Durham firearms went into bat for him providing references despite the fact they were also prosecuting him.

Why bother? Why did they bother to waste man hours and tax payers cash to prosecute a crime if they thought the perp shold be let off since he was such a nice bloke and as the Judge said;

“he believed the gun would never have fallen into the wrong hands”

Well that’s all right then. As long as it won’t fall into the wrong hands it’s ok. Can I have an AK47 if I promise not to put it into the wrong hands? For instance, giving it to someone convicted of laundering over £10,000 of stolen MOD property and keeping prohibited weapons?

In case they’ve forgotten, even Sir Bob Peel reckoned 2 of the principles for a successful police force should be;

Police seek and preserve public favour not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law….

Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions, and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary….

The law should be the law. The Police are there to enforce it, not decide who they would like to apply it to.

Before anyone comments, yes I had shopped there in the past. I won’t be again.

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