Top Commonwealth Games British shooter Rachel Carrie questioned by police over shotgun
The athlete, who is used to travelling for international competitions with her shotgun in tow, complained of being treated 'like a criminal'.
15:34 31 July 2014
Rachel Carrie, a professional shooter who is competing at this year’s Commonwealth Games, was forced to spend almost four hours being questioned over her shotgun. This is despite showing a shotgun certificate and informing police officers that she was a part of Glasgow 2014.
The 30-year-old, who was confronted by staff at Malmaison hotel in Dundee, complained for being treated “like a criminal.”
She said: ‘I got to the hotel at around 11pm ... first the staff asked me if I had brought a rifle onto the premises.
‘I replied no, it is a shotgun, and tried to explain my role in the Commonwealth Games.
‘But they said it was illegal to have a shotgun in a hotel. It is not illegal to have a shotgun in a hotel.
'They called the police and I was questioned until 2.30am. I was really embarrassed.’
She added that this is the first time she experienced such treatment.
‘I have taken my Perazzi 12-gauge shotgun around the world, I have been to America and to most European countries and this has never happened before.’
Her shotgun was taken to be stored at the police station.
The hotel’s general manager Josie Simcox confirmed yesterday: ‘We do not allow firearms in the guest bedrooms.’