FAMILY members of tartan souvenir kings the Gold Brothers are facing charges of illegally selling weapons, including knives and swords, at one of their Old Town shops.
Surinder Singh, 50, Galab Singh, 35, and Dildar Singh, 30, are accused of running a knife dealing business without a licence at Royal Mile Armouries on Castlehill.
The trio were due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to face the charges but the case was adjourned without plea.
The charges were brought following a police raid on their premises on April 30, which saw a team of six officers recover an estimated £100,000 of weapons.
The swoop was carried out as part of an ongoing operation to identify businesses selling weapons without permission in the Capital.
Following the hearing on Wednesday, the Singhs are due to return to court later this month to face the charges brought under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.
They are accused of being directors of Kirkcaldy-based GI Attractions, which ran Royal Mile Armouries as a knife dealership without a licence, while a quantity of knives, swords, axes and “other bladed articles and weapons” were for sale.
Police said they recovered around 1000 weapons during the operation. Another raid last month at a Leith shop, not owned by the Gold Brothers, saw shotguns, swords and daggers among £40,000 worth of weapons seized.
At the time, Chief Superintendent Mark Williams, the city’s divisional commander, said: “All of these weapons should only be sold by vendors with the appropriate licence and anyone found to be trading without the necessary permissions can expect to be visited by police.”
The accused, all of Inverleith Place, did not appear at this week’s hearing. They could not be reached for comment.
The company owns more than a dozen stores throughout Edinburgh and Fife. It is run by the two brothers facing charges Surinder and Galab as well as brother Malap. Accused Dildar is a nephew.
The brothers’ father, Gurbuchen, started the business from an East Fortune market stall in the 1970s.
They sell Chinese-made kilts costing just £19.99, to the ire of rival traders.