A Coventry man caught carrying a loaded gun in his backpack on his way to work has been jailed for five years.
Investigators found the weapon fired blanks when Richard Hamper bought it - but he then converted it to fire live rounds.
The 32 year old from Tile Hill was arrested during a nationwide firearms crackdown earlier this year.
A search of his home and an associated address revealed a further three air weapons, ammunition and approximately 500g of cannabis.
Hamper, who pleaded guilty to possession of a Section 5 firearm and class B drugs, was sentenced today (07 November 2019) at Birmingham Crown Court.
Adam Warnock, NCA Branch Commander in Birmingham, said:
“Richard Hamper was going about his daily business with a fully loaded firearm in his backpack. We don’t know what he was planning to do, but he needed to be stopped as he had the ability to take a life.
“We know that firearms are used in acts of serious violence, as well as by crime groups to coerce and intimidate. For this reason, suppressing their availability is a priority for the NCA and our law enforcement partners both here and overseas.
“We will continue to share intelligence and coordinate operational activity to reduce the number of firearms circulating in the UK.”