SAS Sergeant Danny Nightingale, who was freed after having his 18-month sentence for illegally possessing a gun reduced on appeal, has told ITV News that he held onto the weapon for so long because of "the hectic pace of life."
He said: "I'd just brought my best friend home in a coffin. It was an emotional period."
ITV News correspondent Geraint Vincent reports:
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