Monday, June 5, 2017

Gourdikian Gun Scandal: Is Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez Now A Target Of The Feds?

Sanchez and his Junta Hat
Mod: The Pasadena Star News ran an interesting piece last week on the Vasken Gourdikian/Pasadena PD gun running scandal. Contained in that report was something of a revelation, and may indicate where the ATF investigation is heading. 

Pasadena police lieutenant may have sold dozens of guns on Calguns in last four years (Pasadena Star News link): A Pasadena police lieutenant, whose Sierra Madre home was raided by federal authorities in February, may have sold dozens of guns online in the last four years, potentially violating state and federal laws barring officers from making a profit from certain firearm sales, according to dozens of posts on the message board Calguns.

An account profile on the Calguns website with the name “vgourdik” posted information indicating the user was a police officer in the San Gabriel Valley. The person behind that account has not logged on since the night before the Feb. 16 raid on Pasadena Police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian’s home.

In May 2015, Gourdikian received a waiver allowing him to bypass the 10-day waiting period to buy a Glock 43 pistol. The waiver, signed by Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, states the Glock was being purchased for off-duty use, not for resale.

Seven days later, vgourdik sold a gun of the same make and model on Calguns.

Gourdikian did not have a Glock 43 in his possession when agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized 57 guns from his home, according to an analysis of the list of guns.

On Wednesday, Pasadena officials said they were aware of a “discrepancy” between the seizure list and the routine waivers, but they would not identify what item from the list was missing.

Mod: In the Guns.com article we posted yesterday (link) the Chief Sanchez angle was expounded upon in a telling sort of way.



Mod: However, credit for breaking this story must go to Andre Coleman at the Pasadena Weekly (link). Thanks to Steve Lamb for pointing this out. As in most aspects of this PPD corruption event, Coleman's reporting has led the way.

In one case, he may have sold a weapon online after the police chief asked a gun store owner to waive a 10-day waiting period. All told, Lt. Vasken Gourdikian received six letters recommending that he be allowed to immediately purchase several weapons from various dealers, including, a Colt Commander 45mm handgun, a .380 caliber Glock 42 handgun, three Springfield Armory handguns and a Glock 43 weapon.

It is not known if the dealers accepted the recommendation.

Each of the letters contains a line that explicitly claims the weapons will not be resold.

“The weapon that is being purchased will be used off duty and is not being purchased for resale,” the letter states.

The letters were signed by Police Chief Phillip Sanchez. The 10-day wait is usually used to conduct a background check of the buyer, it is regularly waived for law enforcement officials.

On May 21, 2015 Gourdikian received a recommendation letter asking for a waiver on the purchase of a Glock 43. However, seven days later, on May 28, Gourdikian posted a Glock 43 for sale on Calguns.net, a website for gun enthusiasts that allows private deals, some for off roster weapons that can only be acquired by law enforcement officials under certain circumstances.

BNIB [Brand New in Box], please use PM function. Bad timing must sell. Will drive a reasonable distance from Los Angeles County, buyer pays the ppt,” the ad stated.

Another letter recommended Gourdikian be allowed to purchase an AR-15 assault rifle. The Glock 43 is not listed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in its inventory of weapons seized at Gourdikian’s home in February.

Mod: Interesting to think that what had started as a mysterious and quite secretive ATF raid on a Pasadena Police Officer's home in Sierra Madre could actually end up taking down the leadership of that entire department.

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62 comments:

  1. Happens all the time in Kommiefornia. The cops could buy the firearms but the people couldn't. Never did stop the gangs.

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  2. Sounds like some person higher up the ranks has a vendetta against Hispanic Police Chiefs.

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    1. The Feds are after Sanchez because he is Hispanic?

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    2. I think they're after him because he's a thug and a crook.

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    3. 4:04 PM, please explain how this Chief is a "Thug and a Crook." Do you understand that it must be the Chief of Police who signs the 10 day waiver letter? Has there been any connection between the Chief and the unlawful gun sales? Do you know what a thug is? Sounds like you are just blabbering and spewing the same old mindless rhetoric. Look into things before you post so you don't expose you ignorance to rest of us.

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    4. Aren't you the same guy who was blab-denying Gourdikian had done anything illegal, and soon he would be back on the job grinning and taking selfies with the Mayor? Looks like you're behind the curve once again.

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    5. More unsubstantiated nonsense. I am not the guy who said that, I'm the guy who said wait and see what happens. Once again you, my friend, are wrong and over reacting. Nice try though.

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    6. Quick question about that suit you're wearing. Do the sleeves tie together?

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    7. Next time just throw your hands up, no need for the petty insults when you can't respond.

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    8. Nah. You're nuts.

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  3. Did you notice that the primary target is Armenian? Will People ever stop playing the victim/ethnicity card and just admit there are only two classes - the good and the bad

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    1. Italians were persecuted for years over that MAFIA thing.

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    2. Ever notice certain neighborhoods in Glendale have streetwalkers?

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  4. How bout the Irish? The wee little fellows seldom catch a rainbow.

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    1. I happen to be Irish, and the slander I hear about our being obstreperous drunks is galling. I challenge anyone who believes in such calumny to meet me at the Buc so I can punch them in the nose.

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    2. I was told with absolute authority by an Irish Catholic priest that God created whiskey to make sure the Irish did not rule the world.

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  5. Whats interesting is that many of the ads specifically list the guns as "off roster" . I saw those ads on Calguns while searching for a 44 auto mag (because it was produced in Pasadena) and wondered how even placing the ad was legal.......

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  6. The Sanchez angle, was actually broke by Andre Coleman at the PW.

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    1. Thanks. I didn't see that. Credit where credit is due, Coleman has been in the lead on this one all along.
      I have amended today's post to reflect that. Here is the link to the Pasadena Weekly.
      https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2017/06/01/website-shows-pasadena-police-officer-sold-off-roster-weapons-online/

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  7. 7:56am. How can Google and Apple allow terrorists to communicate freely and not have ownership if the plans are acted on, without notifying authorities that key words had been triggered on line?

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    1. Sounds like Trump's BS argument to shut down the Internet.

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  8. The rebuilding of America. President Trump has just given an announcement on the privatization of Air Traffic Control System, a new era to modernize the industry.
    The Veterans informational system has also been reformed matching that of the Department of Defense inorder to ensure each Vet is not left on "waiting lists." MAGA.

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    1. Sounds like a good reason to take the train.

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    2. MAGA = Might Actually Get AxedJune 5, 2017 at 9:46 AM

      Support for Trump impeachment is now higher than his approval rating!
      Whereas Trump enjoyed record-high popularity near the end of his first trip abroad since assuming the Oval Office (nearing 42 percent or above in several polls and indexes), now he is once again in the historic territory of being one of the least popular new presidents in modern American history. The public’s increasing support for the exhaustive political process of removing the president from office comes at a time when Democratic lawmakers are taking to the airwaves and the floors of Congress to call for Trump’s impeachment.

      http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-impeachment-support-odds-removal-approval-rating-white-house-620913

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    3. Drain the swamp out of the whitehouse! Lock him up!

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  9. Trolls get trumped again!

    President Trump visited Trump National Golf Club on Sunday for the second time during a weekend marked by terror attacks in London and protests nationwide.

    "Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf," Trump tweeted in October 2014.

    This is Trump's 23rd golf trip since taking over the White House.

    Over par, under Pittsburgh.

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  10. By careful design and staging Fox News manipulated (and ultimately addicted) the most vulnerable people in America to the most powerful drug cocktail ever: Visceral gut feelings of outrage relieved by the most powerful emotions of all . . . the thrill of your tribe’s victory over its enemy and the ultimate triumph of good over evil.

    In deed and effect, Fox News turned politics into performance art and efficiently sold the soul of America to the highest bidder in return for 2 minute ad sequences aired during the performance intermissions.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/4/1668913/-Tobin-Smith-Fox-Paid-Contributor-Confirms-What-We-Always-Suspected-About-Fox

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    1. We need a travel ban on extremist immigrants like Rupert Murdoch.

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    2. And Ted Cruz. The Canadian Insanian.

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  11. Former LEO here. I find it interesting that waivers were granted for "off-duty use". In the past, waivers were only granted for weapons that were approved by the officer's department and that were for use ON DUTY. With things being so restrictive in California, I have a hard time believing that the laws regarding waivers now include off-duty use.

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  12. It is not illegal to sell an "off roster" gun to the public. It is illegal to purchase it with the intent for resell at a profit. And who cares. Do you know the difference between a 1911 .45 off California roster and a 1911 .45 on California roster. Nothing, other than the manufacturer has not bothered to register it here. It has nothing to do with caliber, features, style or anything as such. Just another stupid senseless California law that accomplishes nothing. We are not talking about high capacity magazines or bullet buttons or even "assault" weapons.
    I think they feel they are scarier.

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  13. 11:13am. I was privileged to taste taste the alter wine #notCatholic.

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  14. Sons of Murdoch, will now destroy all that lovely "victory over it's enemies " by trying to convince the less than venerable people in America, that Global Warming is real! 2 minute ad sequences aired during CNN & MSNBC prime time.

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  15. Sorry Charlie, Trump will not be impeached!vote Republican

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    1. True. Like Nixon he'll resign first.

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  16. Forget those corrupt corporate republican fossils. "Americans don't need Washington to meet our Paris commitments, and Americans are not going to let Washington stand in the way of fulfilling it," Mike Bloomberg said following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Friday.

    Bloomberg, who is the U.N. Secretary-General's special envoy for Cities and Climate Change, said the United States has led the world on emission reductions over the past decade. Those efforts had been led by citizens and cities, he added, not the federal government, aided by market forces that have made solar and wind energy cheaper than coal.

    "I want the world to know that the U.S. will meet its Paris commitments and that through partnerships among cities, states and businesses we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement process," Bloomberg said.

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  17. So Bloomberg going to put up the cash?
    Maybe it's because the U.S. has already met the 26% reduction that was part of the accord.
    The Dems are all hot air and drama, trying to appear viable when all they have is old news.
    Could this be the party's shock and awe strategy for the next Presidential run?
    I've heard the nod goes to California, maybe Bloomberg will toss his hat into the ring!
    And no, Wind and Solar are not cheaper than Natural Gas, Coal.
    All should be put to independent America.

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    1. I used to pay $400 a month to Edison for electricity. I got solar and now my monthly bill is less than $100. Are you using alt math?

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    2. Thanks to obama the reduction was met

      Fossil fuels are for corrupt corporate fossils and pension plan suckers. Trumps world is increasingly irrelevant but his fool corrupt supporters trying so hard to mine coal and build for wars they create

      Meanwhile the china and Europe embrace the future

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    3. Fossil fuel? Do you still believe that oil comes from melted dinosaurs? There must have been more dinos than there are chumps that believe Obama was anything but a failure as our president.

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  18. So the solar system you installed was free?

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    1. Sorry. I mistook you for an informed person. Most solar companies will install solar on your roof at no cost, and then charge you only the Tier 1 Edison price. So instead of paying Edison between $300 and $400 a month, I pay my solar company around $100. Have you been living under a rock?

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  19. It's so funny how so many idiots have no clue what the hell they're talking about. YOU CAN BUY as many guns as you like. As long as you do it in a legal manner with a FFL... He could have 10 thousand, as long as they are Legal... Only cops are exempt from certain firearms we cant buy. Many of the guns they listed are ok to buy on roster. What they did is added all of the so people can go OH WOW OH EWW AHHH.... Typical idiots with no knowledge. Many gun collectors buy and sell. He is a stand up guy and he is not part of some Armenian Mafia you idiot...Just a collector.

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    1. chill bro, u the wrong guy to be around guns.

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    2. I think he is a few toes short.

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    3. So why did the ATF raid his house and why is he off the job...this happened in February...we are in June...if its legit...no problem...right? how bout that?

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    4. If he is a "stand up guy" and all of this purchasing of weapons is "legal" and above board ... why did the ATF get involved... why was his house raided and why is he still off work ... Explain that

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    5. They raided his house thus he must be guilty?

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  20. Trolls get trumped again!

    Trump’s DC hotel received $270,000 from Saudi lobbyists trying to gut law allowing victims to sue terrorism sponsors

    Pay to play billionaire making money off useful idiots

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  21. 2:32pm. $400.00 a month? Why were you using that much wattage? Green house Medicinal products? Conservation must be a quadrdrum for you. I bet "you" are not a Trump supporter.

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    1. 2 electric cars, solar panels. No gas stations, no Jiffy Lube, no damn Edison. Everything runs on sunshine. Where you at, jackass?

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    2. Trump troll ain't never had air conditioning

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    3. So 6:55, do your panels generate enough power to charge those 2 EVs ? How many miles driven per day?

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    4. 7:49 gettin' creepy

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    5. He is a nosy little dude.

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    6. 5:30, how exactly was the question by 7:49 creepy? Maybe ask your parents for help on understanding the two simple questions.

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    7. He comes off like a web stalker.

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    8. You're living one silly life 9:35

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