UK: 15 Months Jail for Firing BB Gun at a Street Sign

 Andrew Beaumont BB gun scofflaw (courtesy thetsar.co.uk)

“A gunman who was banned from possessing weapons has been jailed for 15 months after he fired an air rifle at a sign on a Sheffield street,” the star.co.uk reports. “Andrew Beaumont, aged 31, frightened members of the public when he fired the weapon three times outside a shop in Pitsmoor, Sheffield Crown Court heard. No-one was injured in the incident but a judge said members of the public were left scared by the incident. Judge Roger Keen said: ‘You fired the weapon three times in a public street where people were present, thus exposing them to danger and frightening them. Fortunately no injury was caused and the damage was very minimal.'” Beaumont is a former heroin/crack addict with previous convictions for robbery and violent offenses (making him ineligible to own a BB gun). “Jailing him, Judge Keen said he was giving Beaumont credit for his guilty plea and for the efforts that he had made to turn his life around.” And sent him to jail for 15 months.

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  1. avatar JaredFromTampa says:

    Wow. If I had grown up in the UK, I’d probably be doing 25-life for discharging BB guns at street signs…

    1. avatar tdiinva says:

      I think the 15 months was related to his previous run ins with the law.

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Exactly. At first blush, things seemed really excessive. But after reading of his past criminal history…go ahead and throw the book at him. Robbery and other violent offenses.

        1. avatar JaredFromTampa says:

          Duly noted. I should have read the article before opening my pie-hole. I still find it pretty amusing and proposterous that air rifles are treated like firearms over there. This guy was obviously deserving of some time behind bars.

          Quere: How feeble and helpless are the average Brits that they are frightened by a BB gun? I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside plenty of Royal Army soldiers, news of this sort would undoubtably make them blush.

        2. avatar Jus Bill says:

          Remember, these are the same people (different generation) that we had to rescue from Germany in the 1940s because their government gave Hitler a large piece of Europe which they didn’t own. History is repeating itself.

    2. avatar Hal says:

      “A Gunman,” or as we Americans would call him, “just a guy with a bb gun.” You know, the ones we give to 10 year olds.

      England is a Police State.

    3. avatar William Burke says:

      Not to effing MENTION that slingshot stuff! Oh MY!! That DID cause “considerable damage”…. Furthermore, I meant to do it! I throw myself upon the mercy of the court. May god have mercy on my soul.

      p.s. he deserved it.

  2. avatar Rev. Maurice Pompitous says:

    “members of the public were left scared by the incident.”
    These are the people who had an empire the sun never set on?

    1. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

      Not anymore. Now foreigners and criminals butcher them like sheep. If you want to see a later stage of Obama’s fundamental transformation of America, look to the U.K. Now, the guy in the article? Just a fool.

    2. avatar Pwrserge says:

      Their ancestors had said empire. Just goes to show you what a world war will remove from the national gene pool. (Backbone)

      1. avatar Anon in CT says:

        Two of them, actually.

        Really, when so many of the best men of two generations are killed or wounded, it’s bound to have an influence on the national psyche.

        1. avatar bontai Joe says:

          I think it’s more the damage done to the remaining gene pool. When you loose so many of the best and brightest, what is left isn’t exactly good breeding stock.

    3. avatar neiowa says:

      They do seem to try to out french the french.

    4. avatar William Burke says:

      These days it never rises.

    5. avatar Jus Bill says:

      We kicked their azz. Twice. That gave other colonies dangerous ideas.

  3. avatar Grammar Nazi says:

    Heroine=female hero
    Heroin=highly addictive illegal opiate

    1. You can understand why he was a heroine crack addict in that case…

      1. avatar Grammar Nazi says:

        Indeed sir, indeed.

      2. avatar E. Jones says:

        Nice.

    2. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Hey, don’t make fun of the guy just because he started out as a girl. Apparently he was a pretty good one. It just all went to hell when he changed his name (and other things) from Andrea to Andrew. Maybe he regrets the decision and he’s acting out his rage.

    3. avatar William Burke says:

      “Heroin=highly addictive, once completely legal opiate”

      Fixed that up for you real nice. That’s why it’s incorrect to speak or write of “drug legalization”. The correct term would be “drug re-legalization”.

      1. avatar TheDabbo says:

        Didn’t the aforementioned Empire fight a couple wars over their “right” to sell opium to the Chinese?

        And Grammar Nazi, maybe he was addicted to female heroes AND crack.

  4. avatar JoshinGA says:

    Did you expect any less from the pantywaists from across the pond?

    1. avatar Grammar Nazi says:

      FWIW, I worked with British military when I was in the military and I can tell you that the Brits I worked with were true professionals.

      1. avatar JaredFromTampa says:

        +1 Good men all.

        1. avatar Gyufygy says:

          Right up until they get out of the Army, and then a firearm is too dangerous to handle.

      2. avatar JoshinGA says:

        FWIW most of the general population of England is not former military. If they were maybe they wouldnt be stuck with such asinine gun laws.

  5. avatar Ralph says:

    Had Beaumont merely run over a British soldier and cut his head off with a butcher knife, he’d be given psychological counseling and a lesser sentence.

    But no, he used a projectile-firing handheld weapon of extraordinary power and lethality to attack a very nice street sign that was minding it’s own business. All the other street signs were traumatized by the event and are now refusing to give directions.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      “a very nice street sign that was minding it’s own business.”

      Ralph, their misbehavior has been building for a long time now, what with making people drive in circles instead of proper intersections, and sending people to places like the harbour.

      1. avatar LongBeach says:

        Why force each individual driver to stop momentarily before continuing on in an orderly fashion when everybody can go at the same time and be in everybody else’s way? There is a traffic circle (or roundabout, in British-speak) in Long Beach which I believe was built specifically to induce epic cinnamon-ring puckering. Fun stuff.

        1. avatar Shawn says:

          Cinnamon ring? New keyboard + coffee= newer keyboard… Thanks man..

        2. avatar Matt in FL says:

          True confessions: I actually like traffic circles a lot in some places, especially once the locals have gotten used to them.

  6. avatar DrVino says:

    ” frightened members of the public”

    …and their grandparents rode out air raids in the metro tunnels…

    I find it ironic how the pussification of this world happens as some of the toughest generations die off….

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      Well, now we’re getting to witness it firsthand. . .

      1. avatar William Burke says:

        Like watching the last embers of a beautiful campfire wink out. In the middle of the night, and it’s freezing cold.

    2. avatar Ropingdown says:

      I don’t find it surprising that wussification has happened. Given that half the people outside of Greater London have nothing to do but collect welfare or punch a civil service time clock (really, this is a fact), there’s a lot of time to worry about the slightest dangers. Afghanistan, the Congo, the Chicongo, still have tough people. And Pennsylvania. Laugh.

  7. avatar BillF says:

    Referring to him as “a gunman” is a bit dramatic–even for the Brits. Though the victory was bittersweet, they were able to put a stop to the deadly rampage before the carnage got worse. Be strong Brits. Our thoughts are with you.

    1. avatar JaredFromTampa says:

      Dude, have you ever been shot with a BB gun? That sh*t hurts. He could have shot someone’s eye out!

      1. avatar William Burke says:

        Seriously, man. Everybody here knows that. Now go wash your panties out.

  8. avatar John says:

    After he serves his time comes back to the sign with a shot gun. Then what? Serve more time come back with a more powerful gun? Then what? Just to stir the boiling pot some. 🙂

  9. avatar John says:

    After he serves his time comes back to the sign with a shot gun. Then what? Serve more time come back with a more powerful gun? Then what? Just to stir the boiling pot some.

  10. avatar Toasty says:

    15 months? That’s it? I’m pretty sure i’d get a mandatory 5-7 years here in Jersey. Here in NJ, BB guns are considering firearms and all firearms are treated the same. BB Gun or a machine gun you’ll get the same treatment.

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      Exactly one of the reasons I swam across the Delaware to PA.

  11. avatar jwm says:

    With his record this guy would have probably done time in the states for doing the same thing. Even though it’s legal for a guy with a record to own an air rifle here, guys like him are always on probation for something. They’re rarely completely out of the system. And the fact that this guy had a record and was still willing to be this stupid in a public place tells me he wasn’t trying too hard to turn his life around.

    1. avatar Ropingdown says:

      Yep. “Three strikes” and you’re out. Or in, actually.

  12. avatar E. Jones says:

    I still haven’t gotten over the whole “frightening members of the public” thing… I mean, really? If a BB gun is so terrifying, imagine all the heart attacks their hospitals would undoubtedly have to deal with if somebody ever lit a firecracker.

  13. avatar Nigil says:

    The jail time may be a little overkill in this case, but that doesn’t mean air rifles are a joke. It’s pretty easy to get a 22 caliber air rifle that will shoot pellets at 1200 fps. Air rifles were even experimentally used in World War 2.

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      I’m thinking that he got 3 months for firing the BB gun and an additional 12 months for being criminally stupid enough to do it in public in Britain.

  14. avatar Anonymous says:

    “…but a judge said members of the public were left scared by the incident”

    Because this is all that matters these days…

  15. avatar askeptic says:

    With all of his priors, just why in the world was he out on the street in the first place?

  16. avatar Paul McCain says:

    sorry, I’m going to say, “Good!” on this one.

    “Banned from owning firearms…”

    And so…he took a air rifle and shot street signs.

    I’m glad they got his butt off the streets.

  17. avatar Shaun L. says:

    The “members of the public that were left scared” should be easy victims to find and rob when he gets out. Given his past history I wonder if he’s making a list?

  18. avatar Neil Hardwick says:

    I would not take this report seriously. The Sheffield Star has a terrible reputation for poor journalism.

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