Man who built homemade firearm in garden shed jailed

Ricky Taylor, of Royston, Glasgow, built a gun after learning how to make the weapon online.

A man who built a homemade firearm in his shed has been jailed for five years.

The High Court in Glasgow heard Ricky Taylor, 41, was curious and searched the internet to learn how to make the weapon.

Judge Lord Mulhoilland told Taylor: “You stupidly involved yourself in making a homemade gun.

“Thankfully your product did not fall into the wrong hands and there is no evidence that you made it to order.

“You said you learned how to do this on the internet and did it out of curiosity.”

An expert concluded the piping was part of a 'slam gun'.<strong> Credit: Crown Office</strong>”/><cite class=cite></cite></div><figcaption aria-hidden=true>An expert concluded the piping was part of a ‘slam gun’.<strong> Credit: Crown Office</strong> <cite class=hidden></cite></figcaption></figure><p>Taylor was caught after a raid at his house in Royston, Glasgow on February 14 this year.</p><p>He told police: “Anything you find is mine anyway.”</p><p>Officers initially suspected drugs – but made a different find on searching the hut in the back garden.</p><p>Prosecutor Leanne McQuillan told the High Court in Glasgow: “A detective saw lengths of steel pipe which appeared to have been modified into a homemade firearm in open view on a desk in a shed.”</p><figure class=wp-block-image><div class=relative><img decoding=async src= width=500 height=331 srcset=
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