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SA welder who made gun gets jail time

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016

An Adelaide Hills man who used his skills as a welder to build a home-made gun has been jailed despite an expert report that said he was a good candidate for home detention.

Jesse Robert Sobey, 34, of Mt Barker, has been jailed for three years and five months over the home-made gun and three other weapons, including two shotguns, found by police when they stopped him in his car in February.

"You said you made up the firearm using your welding skills, having been a boiler maker and working with metal for a long time," District Court Judge Geraldine Davison said on Thursday.

The court heard Sobey had a history of drug abuse but a psychologist said he had cleaned up and his rehabilitation prospects were good, while another report considered him a suitable home detention candidate.

But the judge believed the offences were so serious that a prison sentence was needed to deter him and others from illegally making and possessing guns.

"You had a number of firearms accessible to others, including children. You placed not just yourself but others in a significant degree of danger," Judge Davison said, setting a non-parole period of 17 months.

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