McCort set up shop in his par­ents’ home

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Court re­porter

A man liv­ing with his par­ents is be­hind bars af­ter run­ning a gun shop from his bed­room.

Jamie McCort ( left) sparked a UK- wide po­lice probe af­ter set­ting up the shop at his mother and fa­ther’s house in Holmhills Grove in Cam­bus­lang

McCort im­ported weapons from France be­fore sell­ing them via. a spe­cial­ist firearms web­site.

His il­le­gal haul in­cluded a Black Ops sniper air-ri­fle as well as gas pis­tols and re­volvers.

McCort also or­dered in CS gas can­is­ters and a Taser de­vice.

The 33 year old turned to crime hav­ing been an out-of-work tyre fit­ter.

But he was snared when a gun en­thu­si­ast spot­ted one of the weapons for sale and alerted po­lice.

McCort is now be­hind bars af­ter he pled guilty to a string of firearms charges at the High Court in Glas­gow.

He was re­manded in cus­tody pend­ing sen­tenc­ing next month.

In Jan­uary this year, McCort ad­ver­tised a starter pis­tol for sale on the Gun­star web­site – pop­u­lar with weapons col­lec­tors.

One man read the list­ing and be­lieved the firearm may be “pro­hib­ited” be­fore con­tact­ing po­lice.

A screen­shot was sent to Po­lice Scot­land’s head of bal­lis­tic ser­vices who con­firmed the weapon was il­le­gal to im­port into the UK.

This sparked a raid at the home McCort shared with his par­ents.

Po­lice ini­tially dis­cov­ered in his bed­room a Black Ops sniper air ri­fle ca­pa­ble of fir­ing pel­lets. A si­lencer and tele­scopic sight was at­tached.

Two re­volvers which could dis­charge pep­per spray were also seized along with live blank car­tridges.

Of­fi­cers went on to find in McCort’s room a work­ing elec­tric stun gun along with CS gas can­is­ters.

McCort later ad­mit­ted that he had bought the items from a French web­site.

It was then dis­cov­ered a haul of gas pis­tols had been sold to 14 dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

Pros­e­cu­tor Bernard Ablett said: “He stated that he only sold within the UK, but could not pro­vide de­tails of his cus­tomer base.”

A to­tal of 23 dif­fer­ent po­lice forces across the coun­try were called upon to trace those who had bought the weapons.

The court heard all but four of the pis­tols were re­cov­ered.

McCort also told po­lice that he was ex­pect­ing de­liv­ery of two more firearms at his house.

The pack­ages were in­ter­cepted and found to be Ger­man re­volver-style weapons ca­pa­ble of dis­charg­ing “ir­ri­tant gas car­tridges”.

McCort pled guilty to a to­tal of 17 charges in­clud­ing sell­ing pro­hib­ited weapons.

Sen­tenc­ing was de­ferred for re­ports un­til next month.

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