Friday, April 21, 2017

Los Angeles Times: ATF’s focus on firearm sales by police may be tied to gun seizure at Pasadena officer’s home


Mod: More info on the ATF raid of Pasadena PD officer Vasken Gourdikian's Sierra Madre residence has become available. While the state of the case against Gourdikian still remains a closely held secret, possible reasons for the raid are now emerging. 

ATF’s focus on firearm sales by police may be tied to gun seizure at Pasadena officer’s home (Los Angeles Times link): A letter from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to law enforcement agencies across Southern California warning about an “emerging problem” of officers engaging in unlicensed firearms sales came just weeks after a Pasadena police officer’s home was searched and guns seized.

The March 31 letter from Eric Harden, special agent in charge at the ATF’s Los Angeles Field Division, said the agency has discovered officers buying and then reselling handguns without a federal firearms license. That violates federal gun laws.

The ATF letter, first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune, came after a Feb. 16 search of the home of a high-ranking Pasadena police officer. News reports at the time said several large gun cases were removed from the officer’s Sierra Madre home and loaded into ATF vehicles.

No arrests were made, but the Pasadena Star-News reported that an officer was placed on administrative leave after the search.

A city spokesman said the ATF search did not have anything to do with the officer’s work with the department. Pasadena city offices were closed Friday. Authorities did not release the officer’s name, and a spokeswoman for the ATF declined to comment on ongoing investigations.

Harden’s letter said the agency recently has discovered officers who had purchased more than 100 “off-roster” guns. Those are guns that are not on a California list of approved handguns that can be purchased by the public. Some have been recovered at crime scenes.

The law, however, carves out a specific exemption that allows police officers to purchase such weapons.

The letter from Harden, which was distributed to sheriffs and police chiefs, talked about “the growing trend of law enforcement officials engaging in the business of unlicensed firearms dealings.”

Mod: The rest of this article is available at the link posted above.

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73 comments:

  1. I hate crooked cops.

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  2. Rich crooked cops.

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  3. I hate it when people come to damning conclusions without any facts.

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    1. I hate it when the facts are suppressed to protect a privileged class of government employees.

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    2. I hate the haters

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    3. Self loathing befits you.

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  4. I hate getting lied to.

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  5. I hate the fact that because I'm a government worker, now people hate me. Just trying to do the best job I can. Use to feel good about going to work now, not so much. Not all government workers are bad people. Reading about the government on this blog is a real downer.

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    1. The money, benefits and job security must ease some of that pain.

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    2. I'm a self employed small business owner, and I resent the fact that a municipal clerk will automatically retire on a pension that will not be possible for me or my few employees.

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    3. Have you bought your Winnebago yet?

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    4. Dear 7:19, there's a lot I hate about the government, and human nature. But if you're a hard working good person, then I like you!

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    5. 7:19. Don't feel so bad. There have been decades of propoganda trying to pit workers in private companies against government workers. It's a divide and conquer strategy that helps political contibutors (wealth) keep their rank and file workers from joining unions (like government workers do) and keeps them distracted from their poor working conditions, low pay, and master-servant relationship that requires them to do the bidding of wealth or else. Wealth will always try to focus their attention on myths and anecdotes about government workers. Blame others rather than fat cat employers.

      Just keep working hard and get your rewards from helping others. But don't let co-workers who are lazy and don't contribute get away with it. You know who they are and they know who they are. If possible resist the urge to do their work for them. Make them accountable because they give all government workers a bad name. Let your managers know and keep letting them know until they take the hard steps to do something about it.

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    6. Obviously government employees won. Private industry unions have been decimated, in part the victims of government policies put in place by their public union counterparts.

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    7. I hate the fact that a a self employed small business owner doesn't report all his cash income and thereby increases my tax burden,as a gov't worker all my income is taxed.

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    8. Someone has moved from growing to smoking.

      Tell us exactly which government policies have been put in place by government union employees and decimated private employee unions.

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    9. Obviously you have gone to mainlining the stuff.

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  7. There was a time where the Police worked for the Public and answered directly to the public who paid them, then all of a sudden it's the public that answers to the Police? Something is seriously wrong here! Laws need to be changed so it's the public that wags the dog and you wonder why the public is suspicious of the motives of the Police?

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    1. Watch the meetings on YouTube. You can skip the boring parts and co concentrate on the 5 minutes that count.

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    2. I hate it when I mean to post anon and post under my blogger account.

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    3. I hate it when I don't know what meetings you're talking about?

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    4. Most people just nod and smile knowingly. There are always more meetings down the road.

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    5. 7:45, how does the public "answer to the police?" I don't understand what you are saying.

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  9. Deliverance released today, this is the one year anniversary of the death of Prince.

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    1. When I think of "Deliverance" I think of "Dueling Banjos." I don't imagine that is on there.

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  10. I hate it when criminals own better weapons than law enforcement.

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    1. I hate it when police officers blame criminals for their own criminal behavior. PDs have heavily armed SWAT teams, choppers and actual armored vehicles. What more do you need? Nukes?

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    2. I hate that law enforcement thinks they need to be militarized, yet not enough people believe in gun regulation

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  11. I hate it when the (past) White House government policies put knuckle heads above the law, and skewed public opinion with fake news.

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    1. I hate it that current White House policies are created by knuckle draggers against the interests of the knuckle draggers who voted for them.

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    2. I hate that you're such a tool you actually believe that extremist drivel.

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    3. Sure. An administration with neo-fascists like Bannon in it is just the heart and soul of moderation.

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    4. Lock him up!

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  12. I hate it when the "knock knock" burglars are heavily armed, because the ATF hasn't gone knocking at their doors, confiscating unlicensed firearms.

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  13. I hate it when bloggers on this site may have knowledge on where I can purchase "nukes", and then not divulge the information.

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    1. Start with Iran, but if that doesn't work try North Korea.

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    2. I hate it when the ATF over reacts.

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    3. I love it when law enforcement actually investigates cops. The whining is astonishing.

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    4. I assume you mean anonymous commenters?

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    5. Whatever eases your misery.

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  14. I hate it when "you" admit to knowing "who" have nukes, but then bash law enforcement for keeping you safe. Can you say hypocrite?

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    1. I hate it when law enforcement takes credit for Sierra Madre being a low crime city.

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    2. I'd hate the trump troll but he's not worth the energy..

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  15. I hate it when people think that the infrastructure and rule of law that we rely upon to live relatively peacefully, safely, and happily should just be there like magic and needn't be paid for with taxes.

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    1. Sierra Madre pays the highest utility taxes in California when you factor in the quantity of categories taxed. You feel any better now?

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    2. Let me help you 12:05: Don't use so much water and power and cancel the 500 channels you're getting.

      There. Saved you a couple of bucks and saved your brain from Fox News.

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    3. I don't watch Fox News. Just because I hate tax extortion doesn't make me a right winger.

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    4. OK get off the Lifetime movies then--"Extortion." How dramatic.

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    5. Gee 11:41A I hate that our elected officials feel we can give away billions, especially California, to inferior teachers, any CalPers person, gas, welfare, etc. to the detriment of infrastructure, and rule of law. I pay way enough taxes but the dollars aren't used for my benefit!

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    6. 5:18 - It is extortion. Sorry to see you have a problem with the word.

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    7. No one is legally required to pay extortion, so stop paying if you think it's extortion. Otherwise pay and be thankful for living during this tiniest sliver of human history where relative abundance exists for so many.

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    8. Really? You don't pay your double digit utility taxes?

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  16. Trolls get trumped again!

    Trump’s first 100 days in office ends April 29, and critics have pointed out that he has yet to achieve many key goals. The president responded to such criticism on Friday by calling the benchmark a “ridiculous standard,” even though he personally touted the deadline for months.

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  17. I hate it when the Feds. threaten to withhold law enforcement funding when a local gov't refuses to incarcerate their residents without a warrant.

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    1. I hate crooked republicans

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    2. I hate it when a right wing nut job from Alabama who was too racist to become a judge is dismissive of an actual judge's ruling because the latter is from an island that many right wingers, including many birthers, don't seam to realize is a state.

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  18. Anyone know what all the helicopter activity is about?

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    1. It's a burglary. Somewhere around Carter and Baldwin.
      Active investigation, so avoid the area.

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    2. It's Trump Guy. He's hunting liberals Sarah Palin style.

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    3. Some of the drug rehab customers?

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    4. Thank God it's only criminal activity, I thought it may have been a Bear sighting.

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    5. I don't know. But I hate it

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    6. It isn't so bad once you get to know it.

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  19. The city sent out a glitzy email about the new Village View Newsletter that we all should subscribe to,alas the link provided to subscribe is non functional.

    http://www.cityofsierramadre.com/services/public_information/e_blast/

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    1. THAT is what replaced the City Manager's report?

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    2. Well we can't see it yet, because it requires signing up on a non-existent page.

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  20. Whoa! Drop that body!
    You all right, pal?
    Oh, I hate you. I loathe you. I despise you.
    Lay off me, will you? I feel bad enough.
    You phoneys! You will never work in Rio again!

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  21. "It's a statistic they've known for a while now, but it's inching ever closer: More than 40 percent of the city of L.A.'s 45,000 employees will become eligible for retirement by 2018."
    http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/04/21/71004/la-city-hall-braces-for-retirement-wave/

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  22. I hate crooked cops.

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  23. I hate it when the "knock knock" burglars are heavily armed, because the ATF hasn't gone knocking at their doors, confiscating unlicensed firearms. ... .
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