A registered firearms dealer specialising in deactivated firearms will stand trial over allegations he was in unlawful possession of prohibited weapons.
According to a press release from the Metropolitan Police:
Raymond Mills, 69, an antiques dealer of Pinnocks Avenue, Gravesend was charged on Wednesday, 7 January, with three counts of possession of a prohibited weapon (firearms) and one count of selling a primer to another.
He appears in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 8 January.
He was arrested on Tuesday, 6 January, following execution of a firearms search warrant at an address in Pinnocks Avenue, Gravesend.
Mills appeared in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on the 8th January, where the magistrates sent his case – number 1500053931 – for trial to Woolwich Crown Court. No date has yet been set.
Mills traded as RD & A Mills Services, operating the website raymills.co.uk. The site is no longer available, although a summary available at a third-party website says:
My main areas of expertise are deactivated & obsolete calibre firearms but I also have a large amount of other militaria, memorabilia & other accessories ranging from modern to World War two, as well as specialising in inert ammunition.
Automatic reporting restrictions mean little more can be said about the specifics of this case – including speculation – until it reaches Crown court and both sides begin making their cases before a jury.
The definition of an antique firearm is occasionally the matter of debate, but is generally taken as any firearm chambered for any of the calibres on this list, the original of which is maintained by the Home Office. Readers are cautioned that the list at that link is not authoritative and may have been superseded. It is included here for information only.
Antique firearms are exempt from the usual controls on firearms (requirement for a certificate, the pistol ban, etc) thanks to section 58 of the Firearms Act 1968.
A copy of the actual charge sheet would reveal whether Mills has been charged with unlawful possession of pistols, semi- or fully-automatic firearms. No such copy is publicly available, and as this is, after all, an unpaid blog, the author is not minded to pester the courts for one.