Firearms dealer Paul Edmunds supplied weapons to gangs
A firearms dealer has been found guilty of supplying illegal handguns and home-made bullets linked to more than 100 crime scenes, including three murders.
Paul Edmunds, of Hardwicke, Gloucestershire, supplied ammunition used in an attempt to shoot down a police helicopter in the 2011 riots.
The 66-year-old was found guilty of conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court.
He will be sentenced on 20 December.
The court was told Edmunds imported a Colt pistol used in a fatal shooting at a London nightclub and supplied ammunition used in two other killings.
Edmunds told police he was “not responsible for the actions of somebody that buys some things”, adding his “duty of care” only extended to not selling to people who “didn’t look right”.
In police interviews, he was asked about having manufactured obsolete calibre bullets for old guns – turning the antiques into potentially lethal weapons.
He told officers: “I’m not responsible for the actions of somebody that buys some things.
“Like me selling a knife and you take that knife and kill somebody and then the system blames me for selling you the knife.
“It’s your problem, got nothing to do with me.”
Jurors also convicted Edmunds of possessing a prohibited air pistol and perverting the course of justice by filing down a bullet-making tool to destroy potential evidence.