Terrifying pictures show haul of dangerous firearms found in Scots gun…

These images show the terrifying arsenal of firearms stored at the home of a Scottish weapons expert who has been jailed for five years.

Simon Churchman was imprisoned after cops found the haul of weapons – including a rapid-fire sub-machine gun, a bolt-action rifle and a shotgun – at his cottage in Kidcudbrightshire.

Images released by prosecutors show the breadth of the equipment the 63-year-old had stashed at home.

Among the weapons found was a Czech-made Sampoi sub-machine gun, complete with shoulder stock, which Churchman had reactivated to fire paintball rounds.

Police also discovered a short barrelled Weihrauch airgun and a Walther CO2 air pistol almost impossible to discriminate from the real thing.

One of the air guns police confiscated from Simon Churchman’s home

The pictures released by the Crown Office also show the extent to which Churchman had hoarded ammunition.

Court documents state that his collection amounted to more than 600 bullets.

Churchman appeared at the High Court in Livingston on Thursday after pleading guilty on indictment to six charges of possessing weapons and ammunition.

An air pistol seized from Churchman’s cottage in Kincudbrightshire

The court heard that he had once worked as an experts weapons adviser to the police and claimed to have provided deactivated weapons for use on stage and in films.

David Moggach QC, defending, said Churchman had a keen interest in firearms and tried to restore them.

He told the court: “He is at pains to point out that he does not possess the firearms for any sinister or nefarious reasons.

“His background is one of engineering and he appreciates firearms for the quality of their craftsmanship. It’s not anything more sinister than that.”

Police discovered over 600 rounds of live ammunition at Churchman’s abode

Police seized the weapons after calling in at Churchman’s detached farm cottage in Twynholm, Kincudbrightshire, on an unrelated manner in March 2018.

He was quizzed by detectives but remained silent throughout the interview.

In total, cops found seven air guns, a shotgun, a rifle and more than 600 rounds of ammunition – all without the necessary certificates.

Churchman was sentenced to five years imprisonment for possessing the sub-machine gun.

On the two charges of possessing air weapons without proper certificates estimate Lord Weir sentenced Churchman to a year in prison and for possessing the ammunition, the shotgun and the bolt action rifle without firearms certificates he imposed a 16 month sentence, both to be served concurrently with the five year term.

Lord Weir told the gun nut: “These were and are serious offences. You had a number of air weapons, a shotgun and a bolt action rifle in your possession, all without the required certification.

“Standing your own background as an expert firearms observe, you ought to have been under no misapprehension as to the seriousness of possessing a weapon of this character.”

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