DUBLIN (AP) — A Northern Ireland man was sentenced a 3 ½-year prison term Friday after admitting to running a gun-making factory for the Real IRA splinter group.
Bryan McManus received the sentence after pleading guilty to six counts of weapons possession and terrorist fund-raising.
The 56-year-old McManus was arrested in 2010 when police found an arsenal in a shed behind his home in the Northern Ireland border town of Newry.
Among the haul were eight handguns, a rifle, magazines of ammunition and a range of other bullets, including armor-piercing rounds and illegally modified "dum dum" bullets. One handgun was disguised as the handle of a walking cane.
McManus admitted he had reconditioned and modified weapons for Real IRA use since 2008.
Most Irish Republican Army members renounced violence and disarmed in 2005, but breakaway factions continue to mount attacks.