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He was investigated after the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) noticed an increasing number of pre-war handguns at crime scenes.NABIS managed to arrest and convict an organised crime gang involved in supplying the firearms with the specially-made ammunition.He denied fraudulent evasion of a prohibition or restriction, perverting the course of justice and possession of a prohibited firearm.A jury of seven men and five women was told that Edmunds created the ammo for antique weapons from three armouries at his home.Edmunds sold the weapons and cartridges to middleman and fellow gun-nut Mohinder Surdhar, who fenced them on to a crime gang armourer, Sundish Nazran.But ballistics experts found the same microscopic markings on each of the slugs, confirming there was a single ammunition-maker.Surdhar pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunitions. Referring to the two defendants, Detective Constable Phil Rodgers from West Midlands Police said: 'They were like the Breaking Bad of the gun world - on the face of it both decent men, but using their skills and expertise to provide deadly firearms.'But this was no TV drama - these were real weapons; real bullets; real victims.
Detectives said the seizure of 50,000 rounds of ammunition and guns imported or brought back into service by Paul Edmunds was a 'major victory' on gun crime, which had undoubtedly saved lives.The tendrils of the licensed firearms dealer's cottage-based manufacturing operation spread the length and breadth of the country, including Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Sheffield.At least nine police forces came across weapons and ammunition linked through forensic testing to the 66-year-old and his garage workshop.The gun-buff effectively exploited his legal dealer status and 'encyclopaedic' knowledge of weapons for years, falsifying records and avoiding detailed border checks.Detectives pointed out one weapon, imported by Edmunds from the United States and found at a crime scene, was '25 days from Tulsa' to Handsworth, Birmingham.