The weapon was found under a bed in the home of a Leeds man who has previously been convicted of shooting his father with a crossbow.
Jurors in Leeds heard of the shocking abilities of the “all-deadly” Airbow in a “landmark” trial as police and prosecutors sought to change the legal status of the weapon.
The judge in the case also said he was writing Home Secretary Priti Patel about his concerns about the weapon and the potential dangers it poses to public safety.
Concerns were raised following the trial of 26-year-old Leeds man Jaspal Marwaha.
He also revealed that he bought arrows for the weapon and made the purchases over the internet.
Marwaha told his advisor he bought them “for protection and as a last resort”.
Police were notified and officers attended her home in Oakdene, Alwoodley, where Marwaha told them the gun was under her bed.
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Stephen Wood QC, prosecuting, said the Airbow was equipped with a rifle scope.
Six arrows for the weapon were collected from Marwaha.
The investigation revealed that the accused bought the gun from a company in Harrogate in July 2018.
During Marwaha’s trial, Andre Horne, a gun expert at the Royal Armories, told jurors that the gun was new to the market and had been imported from the United States.
He said that during his career he had only seen three of these weapons.
Mr. Horne explained to the jurors how the weapon worked.
The court also showed “graphic images” of an arrow fired at a police bulletproof vest and entering the bulletproof vest.
Mr Wood told the court: “In the wrong hands, this is a totally deadly weapon.”
Jurors in Marwaha’s trial were to decide whether the Airbow was a “cannon weapon” within the meaning of the 1968 Firearms Act.
Marwaha was convicted of possession of an unlicensed firearm.
The sentence was adjourned after the trial in July this year so that Marwaha could undergo a further psychiatric assessment.
Marwaha was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
He is currently being held at Newton Lodge Secure Hospital in Wakefield under the Mental Health Act.
At the sentencing hearing this week, psychiatrist Dr Sachin Jacobs told the court that the accused’s condition required continued treatment with antipsychotic drugs.
He suffers from auditory and visual hallucinations.
Mr Jacobs said Marwaha was violent towards doctors as a hospital patient.
He also made threats against his parents and the criminal justice system.
His most recent use of a fake gun was to scare his mother.
The doctor said the accused’s condition was of a nature and degree that required further detention.
He said: “It is still necessary for his health and safety and the safety of others.
âThere is a high risk of future harm to the public and, in particular, their parents.
“This gun obsession has been around for a long time and is unlikely to change.”
Judge Neil Clark has ordered that Marwaha be detained under the Mental Health Act for an indefinite period.
Judge Clark said he wrote to the Home Secretary to express his concerns about the Airbow.
He said: “It is a very unusual weapon, but they are becoming more and more common and marketed more freely by more than one manufacturer.
âThey are marketed as something that can be purchased without a (firearms) certificate.
“The jury concluded that was not the case.”
A deprivation order was issued so that the Airbow could be retained by the Royal Armories.
After the case Julian Briggs of the Crown Prosecution Service said: âThis is a historic conviction.
“This was the case with the prosecution that an Airbow is a barrel weapon that meets the definition of a Section 1 firearm, and this is the first time this legal point has been tested before a jury. in a West Yorkshire court. “
Detective Inspector Scott Hartley, of the Leeds District Intelligence Unit, said: âWe had major public safety concerns when officers were made aware of the accused’s possession of this weapon.
“It was then seized and a detailed investigation was carried out by our gun field intelligence officers, who worked closely with forensic gun specialists, which led to this conviction. successfully in court.
âThis case has clear implications for the legal status of Airbows, and anyone who owns or is considering purchasing such a weapon will need to closely monitor any resulting legislative changes.
“West Yorkshire Police are committed to keeping our communities safe and we hope the positive outcome of this case serves to reassure people.”