Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Dunfermline film set worker faces sentence for owning illegal pistol and pepper spray

Christopher Nordstrom, blank-firing pistol
Christopher Nordstrom had a blank-firing pistol, similar to the one pictured.

A film industry worker who was caught with an illegal firearm told police he planned to use it at work.

Christopher Nordstrom told police he had bought the blank-firing pistol for £500 and it had been delivered by Royal Mail.

He said there were companies in England which provide such props to the industry but no similar business exists in Scotland.

The 45-year-old is self employed as a grip – a technician responsible for equipment which supports cameras.

Raided after National Crime Agency alert

Fiscal depute Alistair McDermid told Dunfermline Sheriff Court Nordstrom’s home was raided after his name appeared on a database of a dealer arrested in England.

He said: “On October 9, 2019 the National Crime Agency arrested a suspect in London who had purchased and imported a number of blank-firing forward venting handguns from a company in Spain.

“During interview the suspect disclosed he had sold a number of weapons and that his computer contained a spreadsheet where he had saved details of the various buyers.

“The accused’s name and address were on the spreadsheet.

“Information was sent to the National Crime Agency unit in Scotland who informed the police.”

He said detectives visited Nordstrom’s house the following day and spoke to his wife.

“She confirmed being aware that her husband was considering buying a replica gun for his work within the film industry.

“It was noted during the search that the accused’s home contained a large amount of items and props consistent with his employment.”

During the search officers found the blank firing pistol and a can of pepper spray.

Thought gun was legal

When interviewed by police Nordstrom confirmed he had bought the front venting Atak Arms Zoraki model 925 but believed it was legal.

In the UK imitation guns are legal if they vent from the top or side.

While legal in some parts of Europe, front venting replica weapons are outlawed in the UK as they are more easily converted by criminals to fire live rounds.

Mr McDermid continued: “He stated that blink-firing weapons are used on film sets where firearms are required and this service is provided by companies in England but not yet in Scotland.

“He said he paid £500 and the weapon was delivered by Royal Mail.

“He said he thought the weapon was top venting and not front venting.”

He said the American-made can of pepper spray was likely to have belonged to an ex-girlfriend and had become mixed up in his own property.

Nordstrom, of the Broomhead area of Dunfermline, admitted being in possession of a  gas alarm pistol and a canister of capsaicin – both prohibited weapons – at his home on October 10, 2019.

Sentence was deferred for reports.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]