Glasgow & West Scotland

Gun collector Robert Allan caught with 'banned weapons'

A gun collector who was caught with a cache of banned weapons will find out next month if he is to be jailed.

Police found five handguns and a sawn-off shotgun at Robert Allan's home in Mauchline, East Ayrshire, and business premises in Troon on 3 May 2014.

They carried out the searches after the 63-year-old was arrested following a row with a neighbour and because he was a firearms certificate holder.

Sentence on Allan, who admitted keeping banned weapons, was deferred.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that three handguns were found at Allan's home and a further two handguns and a sawn-off shotgun were discovered in unlocked filing cabinets at his office.

The police searches also revealed that the self-employed joiner kept 3,360 .22 rimfire cartridges - eight times the permitted amount.

The handguns included a Ruger GP 100 revolver, a Smith & Wesson revolver, a Baikal self-loading pistol and a number of brass cartridges.

Loaded magazine

Advocate depute Ross Macfarlane, prosecuting, said: "Police also noted that packaging for some firearms bore an address in Portland Street in Troon and they obtained a firearms warrant for that address which was Mr Allan's business address.

"At the Troon address they found a .22 Calico self-loading pistol, with loaded magazine nearby, a sawn-off shotgun and a Navigant revolver.

"They were found in drawers in filling cabinets that were closed, but not locked, so they were easily accessible."

Mr Macfarlane added: "None of these weapons was listed on the certificates held by Mr Allan."

Handguns were banned in the UK after 16 children and a teacher were murdered at Dunblane Primary School on 13 March 1996.

Anyone caught with prohibited firearms can be sentenced to five years in prison.

Defence counsel Lorenzo Alonzi said he would be seeking to show that this was an exceptional case and that Allan should not be jailed for five years.

Judge Lord Bannatyne deferred sentence until next month and granted Allan bail.

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