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Man who bought illegal gun at car boot sale is jailed


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Ipswich Crown Court. (3058880)
Ipswich Crown Court. (3058880)

A man who bought an illegal gun at a car boot sale has been jailed for five years.

Mark Lufkin, 43, claimed the rifle was deactivated and incapable of being fired.

Ipswich Crown Court heard today that tests showed the weapon was in working order.

Police discovered the rifle in the kitchen of Lufkin's home in The Street, Ingham when they called regarding an unrelated matter in February.

Lufkin pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of expanding ammunition and was jailed for five years.

The court heard that Lufkin purchased the rifle for £50 from an American man at a car boot sale and said he believed it was deactivated. However, Judge RupertOverbury told Lufkin that he had failed to make any checks when buying the gun and had disregarded strict firearms legislation, not obtaining any supporting documentation.

Jamie Sawyer, mitigating, said no evidence had been produced to show that the rifle had been fired or ever involved in illegal activities.



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