Spud gun lands Swede in court

A Falun resident who made a potato gun which packed more power than a revolver may have been delighted with his technical prowess. But now he has had his chips: he is facing legal action for weapons offences.

The local newspaper Falu-Kuriren reported that two police units were called to a housing area one evening last August by concerned residents. Officers heard explosions and through a window of an apartment saw flames coming out of the end of a weapon.

Within minutes they raided the house – and found a homemade potato cannon. The ‘spud gun’, as such devices are known, was confiscated along with two boxes of ammunition. Uncooked.

The gun was tested by the National Forensics Laboratory, which declared that the projectile force was greater than that of a Browning revolver.

The 25 year old man has confessed to making the gun. In July he had taken it to the Great Lake festival in Ă–stersund but was refused entry.

On Tuesday he appeared before magistrates for a good roasting at Falun district court.

“Potato guns fall under the weapons licensing legislation,” wrote the prosecutor in the court application.

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