Conspiracy to supply firearms
Firearms offences in the UK carry very serious penalties and conspiring to supply firearms to others is treated with the utmost seriousness by UK courts. For anybody facing an investigation for such an offence it is inevitably a scary experience.
Conspiring to supply a firearm or firearms can be as serious as the actual offence and in some cases where firearms are supplied they can be more serous.
For the prosecution to prove the offence of conspiracy to supply firearms, they do not have to shown that firearms were in fact supplied. A conspiracy is an agreement between two or more persons to supply them. So all the prosecution need prove is that the agreement took place. It is often the case that people are prosecuted in circumstances where they have never handled or been anywhere near the firearms themselves.
The Criminal Law Act definition of a conspiracy is “If a person agrees with any other person or persons that a course of conduct shall be pursued which, if the agreement is carried out in accordance with their intentions, either will necessarily amount to or involve the commission of any offence or offences by one or more of the parties to the agreement, or would do so but for the existence of facts which render the commission of the offence or any of the offences impossible, he is guilty of conspiracy to commit the offence or offences in question.”
That means that people can be prosecuted on the basis of the contents of mobile phones. For example messages may have been sent or photos of guns or ammunition have been taken and / or sent to others also involved in the conspiracy.
If you are facing an investigation it is essential that you receive advice from an expert criminal defence solicitor with experience in these cases from an early stage.
To speak to a member of the Burton Copeland team for advice on a conspiracy to supply firearms case, you can either call us on 0161 827 9500 , or fill in our contact form and we will get back to you.