Police officer bypassed laws to resell dozens of guns, prosecutors say

From Fox News ;

A California police officer and spokesman used his job to bypass the state’s strict gun laws in order to resell dozens of weapons without a license, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian was arrested Friday morning and charged with illegally selling more than 100 firearms between 2014 and 2017.

The weapons included some that are outlawed in California, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

Gourdikian, 48, was released on a $100,000 bond after pleading not guilty Friday in federal court in Los Angeles. His attorney, Mark Geragos, said the charges were “misguided and truly an abuse of the supposed discretion of the government.”

He has been placed on unpaid leave, the Star-News reported.

As a police officer, Gourdikian was able to purchase so-called “off-roster” handguns, which aren’t available to the public and aren’t listed in a catalog of certified handguns maintained by the state, authorities said.

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For Immediate Release No. 20170720-088
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Sobriety and Driver License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and driver license checkpoint on Friday, July 21, 2017, on Meadowview Road Near Amherst Street. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for 5 to 7 hours. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing; delaying motorists only momentarily.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Sacramento Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’.

Please direct any inquiries to Sergeant Chris Prince via email at cprince@pd.cityofsacramento.org or by telephone at (916) 808-6069. Media is encouraged to attend the checkpoint in an effort to spread awareness about the impacts of drinking and driving.


DUI Checkpoint in Elk Grove 06/16/2017


ELK GROVE, CA – The Elk Grove Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety/Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, June 16, 2017 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

The checkpoint will focus on removing impaired drivers, as well as unlicensed drivers from the roadways.  Educational materials covering the dangers of driving under the influence will also be handed out to motorists.  The public is encouraged to call the Elk Grove Police Department at (916) 714-5111 (emergency line) or 911 if they observe a suspected impaired driver.


Funding for the sobriety checkpoint is provided through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Grant that was made available by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  For additional information, please contact Sergeant David Monti at (916) 478-8126.


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What shooting with the NRA revealed about silencers


FAIRFAX, Va. — The instructor popped off a few rounds with a .22 semiautomatic rifle, first with a silencer and then without, before asking his loaded question.

“By a show of hands, did anyone think that was silent?” Knox Williams, president and executive director of the American Suppressor Association, asked reporters gathered for his demonstration.

Silencers, so-called because they suppress the sound of firearms, are at the center of a heated debate as pro-gun lawmakers hope to advance legislation to make them easier to get.

Gun control advocates say one of a gun’s most important safety features is the loud blast, alerting people to run in the event of a crime. But the National Rifle Association wants people to hear their side of the story — so much so that they invited reporters to their indoor firing range in Fairfax, Va., recently and even armed them for a demonstration.

“My hope is, that’s the biggest takeaway — there’s still a loud noise,” Williams said.

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What you should know about Sacramento police body cameras

Here are three facts to know:
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California DOJ files new ‘assault weapon’ regs, not available to the public

How can anyone be expected to follow the law when the law is hidden from the people?

For anyone in California who owns a firearm that may fall under these new laws and regulations it is extremely important that you pay attention to these developments. DOJ previously tried to push through regulations that vastly overstepped their statutory authority which would have had the effect of changing the law that the legislature created and voted on.

It is unlikely that you will have much time to comply with registration requirements as DOJ continues their assault on the second amendment. If you have questions about whether your firearm may need to be registered or what the regulations mean (when they are actually published) please don’t hesitate to contact us at 916-827-1529 so that we may discuss your situation.

-Brandon R. Leibrock, Esq.

From Guns.com

The state Department of Justice submitted draft regulations to the California Office of Administrative Law this week expanding the definition of an “assault weapon” in the state.

The state hasn’t released the proposed regulations to the public, submitting them “file and print only” even though California residents are facing an end of the year registration deadline to abide by the yet-to-be established rules.

This comes three months after the withdrawal of an initial proposed rule formulated during the administration of Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. senator, to address changes required by legislation passed last year. That rule had been submitted after a proposed emergency regulation on making now-outlawed pre-ban magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges compliant, which, in turn, has also been pulled.

The National Rifle Association and California Rifle & Pistol Association had fired off a prelitigation letter to the state, warning of several potential illegalities with the initially proposed regulations and now eagerly wants a look at the new regulations.

According to attorney Chuck Michel, the NRA’s west coast counsel, the new statutes give DOJ the authority to establish the regulation on so-called assault weapons and large capacity magazines, but they can’t do it without first asking for public comment on the proposed regulations.

“They just want to railroad it through the Office of Administrative Law and get them published without any public comment,” Michel told Guns.com on Tuesday in a phone call. He fears since the latest set of regs revise the same code sections as the first, there are still multiple illegalities in DOJ’s latest version.

Bill aims to base traffic fines on income in California

This is a problem caused by the legislature adding too many fines and fees to the base violation, the fines and fees on a traffic citation can cause the total cost to increase more than four times the intended fine for the violation.  We need a total overhaul of the laws in this state.

A new bill moving through the California Senate would base the amount of a traffic violation fine on a person’s income.

Senate Bill 185 would allow judges to reduce traffic violation fines by up to 80 percent if a person can prove they’re unable to pay the amount — and only if their income is two-and-a-half times above the federal poverty line or less.

The savings would have provided a huge discount to Sacramento resident Tashuna Harding, who owns about $4,000 in fines associated with speeding tickets.


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Sobriety and Driver License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and driver license checkpoint on Friday, May 5, 2017, on 21st Street near Capital Avenue. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for 5 to 7 hours. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing; delaying motorists only momentarily.

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Court throws out conviction of teenage Sacramento girl involved in 2005 robbery-murder

Here is an example of the great work Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorneys do every day. This young ladies former defense attorney is now a Judge in Sacramento with a terrific reputation as both an attorney and a judge. I have been very lucky to have Charles Bonneau, the appellate attorney for Ms. Weeden on this case, as an office mate who has provided great advice and guidance this past year.

From the Sacramento Bee;