The BBC reports that the Scottish courts have sentenced Gail Cochrane a five-year stretch in jail for for possessing a “family heirloom.” More specifically, Auntie Beeb reckons Grany Cochrane was harboring a World War II-era 7.65mm “Browning” semi-automatic pistol. (“The weapon was sent for examination by firearms experts who concluded that it was a Czech-made pistol dating back to about 1927.”) Cochrane stashed the gun for 29 years following the death of her father, a Royal Navy veteran . . .
The case began after police arrived at the 53-year-old’s home on 17 June 2009 with an arrest warrant for her son who had failed to turn up for a court appearance. He was not at the flat, but the 80-year-old pistol was found underneath a mattress in her bedroom. When interviewed, Cochrane told police that the gun had previously belonged to her father and that she had kept it when he died.
Judge Lady Smith said she couldn’t give a shit [paraphrasing].
“I am not satisfied that a reasonable explanation has been put forward for not handing this gun into the authorities throughout the 29-year period she says she has had it in her possession.”
Five years. Next?