miss_s_b: (Politics: Democracy)
What would you do if you found a sawn-off shotgun had been thrown over your garden wall? Possibly you would phone the police, tell them not to bother coming to get it, you'd take it in to your local police station? After all, it might be evidence. Someone could have used it in a robbery, and there might be important trace evidence on it. It's important that the police get to look at these things, right? So you'd take it to the police.

That would be the action of a civic-minded person, right?

Well, unfortunately, if you do that, you might find yourself in a spot of bother. You see, "possession of an unlicensed firearm" is a strict liability offence. This means that just by having the gun in your possession you are guilty of the charge, and have no defence in law against it.

Possession of an unlicensed firearm carries a minimum jail term of five years.

So, if you do what Paul Clark did, what any reasonable person would do, on finding a sawn-off shotgun had been hurled into your garden, you would, in all probability, be facing the five year jail term that Paul Clark is.

Anybody out there still think that if you've done nothing wrong you've nothing to fear?

Anybody?



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