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Jail term for replica guns sale
Nottingham Crown Court
The court heard Phillips ran the mail order business from his bedroom
A computer technician who bought and sold replica handguns via his website has been jailed for three years.

Andrew Phillips, 21, of Lauriston Drive, Old Basford, Nottingham, advertised pistols on his website.

He admitted seven firearms offences and asked for 46 similar charges to be considered at Nottingham Crown Court.

The court heard he was caught when a shipment of the potentially dangerous weapons was intercepted by customs officials in Dover in October 2004.

He advertised the pistols, which can discharge blank cartridges and CS gas, through his website Guns2Thugs.

Pistol stash

Phillips bought them from a supplier in France and ran the mail order business from his bedroom, the court heard.

A subsequent dawn raid at his home later uncovered a stash of self-loading pistols and revealed more than 40 weapons had been sold across the UK and Northern Ireland in the three months his website head been in operation.

Andrew Lloyd-Eley, defending, said Phillips, who has no previous convictions, had been "naive" in dealing with the guns, but said there was "no evidence of criminal motivation".

Jailing Phillips, Judge Dudley Bennett told him: "The fact that you chose a name that would attract criminal attention speaks volumes.

"... It doesn't make any difference to the person on the other end of the gun whether it could fire a bullet, gas, or whether it just goes bang.

"Such conduct in this day and age must be dealt with severely."

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