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Bond collector avoids jail for Golden Gun replica

23-Apr-2009 • Collecting

A film buff who was caught with a James Bond-style golden gun has narrowly avoided a jail term, reports the Herald.

Spy fan Lisa Anderson collected the replica weapon as part of her memorabilia collection. Anderson, 45, had kept the firearm in a black box in her bedroom, next to a copy of popular comic Oor Wullie and the Broons. But police were forced to confiscate the gun after discovering she did not have a firearm certificate.

The replica gun shot to fame after being used by villain Francisco Scaramanga in the Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun.

Police stumbled upon the weapon after searching Anderson's home in Alexandria, Dumbartonshire, following a tip off that she was dealing drugs. They also found a tiny amount of cocaine belonging to Anderson.

During an earlier hearing at Dumbarton sheriff court, Anderson admitted that she had bought the gun on eBay three years ago.

The gun - which cost £200 - is an air-powered weapon capable of being modified to fire .22 calibre bullets and has since been destroyed.

Owning one illegally normally carries a minimum five-year jail term.

Anderson pled guilty to possessing class A drugs worth £20 and owning a prohibited weapon. She was placed on probation for two years and received 300 hours of community service.

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