Report in the current edition of Target sports.
Police firearms instructor fined
A former police firearms instructor has been fined £750 ($1125) after he inadvertantly kept two bullets (sic) without a firearms certificate.
At a hearing in the High Court in Glasgow Sgt Steven Campbell of Strathclyde Police admiited having the ammunition without the necessary paperwork.
Judge Lord Woolman told Mr Campbell he would not impose a jail sentence telling Mr Campbell “You of all people should know the strict laws surrounding ammunition”
Now as a former secretary of what was a busy club before the days of the handgun ban I can confirm that when clearing up at the end of the day you find all sorts of stuff on the floor and the inclination is to put it in your pocket and deposit it in the safe later.
Two rounds of ammunition, for a firearms instructor with no gun to fire it in and no suggestion of any criminal intent seems harsh in the extreme. What seems even harsher is that the prosecuction must have been brought by his own collegues.
The reason I am bringing this matter to the forum is to high light the necessity to UK collectors that there is no margin for error in keeping your collections totally clean and free from risk.