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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.