Pippa Middleton Caught Up in Gun Scandal

updated 04/16/2012 AT 05:00 PM EDT

originally published 04/16/2012 AT 03:15 PM EDT

Son of a gun, what was Pippa thinking?

Pippa Middleton is under fire after an incident in Paris this weekend in which she was photographed being driven in a car by a friend brandishing a pistol.

Middleton, 28, the sister of Prince William's wife Kate, was spotted smiling in the passenger seat as the driver of an Audi convertible waves a gun around, at one point appearing to aim it at the paparazzo taking the photos.

The photos, published in the Sun, have caused an uproar – with the newspaper ripping Pippa for "smirking witlessly" while the friend "moronically aims a pistol in a Paris street ... the height of stupidity."

Middleton was in Paris for a formal party held by a French aristocrat Arthur de Soultrait, and was seen with a series of well-connected young men during her visit.

It's unknown whether the photographer will make a complaint, but according to reports, if the gun is found to be real, those involved in the incident could face up to seven years in prison. If it is a fake, they could still be in line for a sentence of two years.

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