Law enforcement officers may be illegally selling guns, ATF says -LA Times

This is an important story for any law enforcement officer to read. It is important to note that if you are a law enforcement officer who has purchased an off roster handgun and you no longer want it the law allows you, with some exceptions, to sell that firearm through a FFL to anyone otherwise eligible to own firearms. However if you buy an off roster firearm with the intent to resell it the US Supreme Court has held that to constitute a “Straw Purchase”  (Abramski v. United States, 134 S. Ct. 2259) and is punishable under federal law as a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and up to 10 years in prison. Even if you are able to avoid the criminal penalties you could still face discipline through your employer. If you have questions, concerns, or find yourself the subject of an investigation it is important you obtain an attorney who understands Criminal defense, firearms law, and internal affairs procedures.
BY Greg Moran, Lyndsay Winkley

The head of the ATF’s office in Los Angeles has sent a memo to Southern California police chiefs and sheriffs saying the agency has found law enforcement officers buying and reselling guns in what could be a violation of federal firearms laws.

The memo from Eric Harden, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Los Angeles Field Division special agent in charge, describes the finding as an “emerging problem” and expresses concern about “the growing trend of law enforcement officials engaging in the business of unlicensed firearms dealing.”

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