North West Wales

Man's gun ban after firing in house despite police plea

A man who fired a shotgun in his home in front of police has been banned from keeping guns, knives, crossbows and air rifles for two years.

Dolgellau Magistrates heard how Gwanwyn Roberts, 54, had called police to his home in Blaenau Festiniog, Gwynedd about a weapon he had.

Officers saw the shotgun was loaded but despite asking Roberts not to fire, he shot at the floor.

Roberts admitted possession of guns and ammunition without certificates.

The court heard how Roberts had contacted police about an adapted shotgun which he thought was illegal.

Loaded weapon

Robert Blakemore, prosecuting, said when police officers arrived at his home they saw the weapon was loaded but that Roberts had told them the bullet and cartridges were blanks.

"Roberts aimed the gun downwards at the floor and despite requests from the police officers not to fire the gun, Roberts discharged the rifle and caused hole to appear in the carpet and the floor," said Mr Blakemore.

"It was evident to the police officers that the cartridges were not blanks and the officers then managed to get the rifle off Roberts and the police armed response unit was summonsed."

A mental health team was called to the scene after officers became concerned about Roberts' wellbeing and he was admitted to a mental health unit for treatment for five weeks.

He has since been discharged.

Aled Jones, defending, said: "This is an unusual case because my client did the right thing and informed the police about the rifle. He was foolish and should not have fired the rifle, but he was adamant that he did not put anyone in danger."

Roberts was ordered to pay costs of £145 Roberts and given a 12-month community order.

The guns, knives and crossbow will be destroyed.

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