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Two jailed over illegal Enfield gun factory

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Two men who set up a gun factory manufacturing and distributing ancient firearms into lethal working weapons have been jailed. 

Marcel Barry, 27, and Bradley McBurnie, 27, worked together to convert mid to late nineteenth century weapons before selling them on to criminals. 

Yesterday (Thursday, 24 March 2022) at the Old Bailey Barry and McBurnie were each sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons. Barry received 11 years in custody. McBurnie received seven years in custody. 

The investigation found that Barry had purchased at least 46 antique firearms between 15 May 2019 and 24 July 2020, with many of these from the GunStar website. He had sought to restore them into working condition with viable ammunition from inside his makeshift gun factory in his kitchen. McBurnie would then help to sell these on. 

Barry was arrested on 23 July 2020 and 23 firearms were seized from his Enfield home. All but two of the 23 firearms seized were capable of firing with lethal effect. 

All the equipment required to make home-cast ammunition were also found at the address, including cartridges, nails, and a melting pot for melting bullet leads. 

The majority of the firearms were ‘pin-fire’ weapons, a distinctive design feature of firearms from the mid to late nineteenth century. 

The court heard that Barry had contacted McBurnie via a Snapchat voice note to discuss dropping off firearms for potential customers. In one such Snapchat voice note he said: “Leaving now then. Where shall I link it? At yours? You might as well (tell) them youts to come now, innit?” 

Police uncovered that in one single day during lockdown, Barry had driven to the New Forest and Wigan to purchase antique firearms, as well as to Sidcup to buy a lathe tool to help with manufacturing these. 

Louise Clissold, from the CPS, said: “Marcel Barry and Bradley McBurnie ran an illegal business enterprise selling lethal firearms to criminals in London. 

“Barry’s Enfield home served as the gun factory while McBurnie’s residence in Edmonton was the distribution hub. Although they never fired a shot, together they supplied weapons that were destined to be rooted into gang violence to cause untold levels of misery to victims and their families. 

“Despite Barry always using cash to buy firearms, the meticulous police investigation meant that the prosecution was able to show evidence of at least 18 antique guns sold to Barry for £10,275. 

“Dangerous firearms have no place in our society and the use of them has shown to devastate families. This prosecution has stopped the supply of a number of illegal weapons falling into the hands of gangs and criminals.” 

The prosecution successfully sought the forfeiture and destruction of all firearms, ammunition and armoury equipment seized in the investigation. 

Notes to editors

  • Marcel Barry (24/11/1994) is from Enfield.
  • Bradley (DOB: 26/1/1995) is from Edmonton in Enfield.
  • Louise Clissold is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Crown Court unit in CPS London North.
  • Two defendants were found not guilty following a trial.
     

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