A part-time online gun trader from Fleetwood has appeared in court for the first time accused of 24 counts of selling or transferring adapted firearms.
Butcher John Rhodes, 36, of London Street, who has been on police bail for two years, appeared at London’s Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court. He was arrested by Scotland Yard’s Central Intelligence Unit.
The charges, all in respect of allegations on or before September 13, 2011, relate to the following weapons: a Umarex Walther P22; a Retay Desert Eagle; three Umarex Colt 1911’s; a Zoraki 925; a Walther P22 forearm; Rohm RG3; a Ekol Viper; a Heckler & Koch P30 Walther PP; a Ekol Jackal Dual; aColt 1911; Ekol Special 99; a Colt Government 1911; aEkol Jackal Dual blank-firing pistol; a Walther P22 blank-Colt 45 blank-firing pistol; a Colt 45 blank-firing pistol; a Saver P239 blank-firing pistol; a Walther P99 blank-firing pistol; a Ekol Viper; a Heckler & Koch MPSK-PDW air weapon and a Walther P22 blank-firing pistol.
Rhodes, who admits he bought and sold replicas and decommissioned firearms online, is accused of trading in guns that could be adapted to fire live rounds.
He was bailed to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on July 26.