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Feds Charge Former Pasadena Police Spokesman With Illegally Selling More Than 100 Guns

A Pasadena police officer who formerly served as spokesman for the department turned himself in to federal authorities Friday after a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of selling dozens of guns across Southern California without a license.

Lt. Vasken Gourdikian faces four felony counts, including illegally possessing a short-barreled rifle and providing false statements while buying firearms, according to the indictment filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.

His status as a police officer also allowed him to purchase more than one handgun in a 30-day period and, with special waivers from the Pasadena Police Department, he was able to obtain firearms without completing the usual 10-day waiting period.
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Pasadena police officer illegally sold more than 100 guns, some outlawed in California, feds say

The department has known for months that Gourdikian, using a city email address, set up an account known as "vgourdik" on Calguns dot net. Of the more than 863 public posts made by Gourdikian, more than 70 offered to sell firearms and gun parts between 2013 and 2017. At least 63 of those posts were later marked as sold.

The 22-page grand jury indictment accuses Gourdikian of selling more than 100 firearms without a license from March 2014 until February 2017, when agents raided his home in Sierra Madre.

As a sworn peace officer in California, Gourdikian was eligible to purchase "off roster" handguns, firearms that are not in the state-published catalog of certified handguns and therefore not available to the public.

His status as a police officer also allowed him to purchase more than one handgun in a 30-day period and, with special waivers from the Pasadena Police Department, he was able to obtain firearms without completing the usual 10-day waiting period.

In an online forum, he posted ads offering firearms and described the guns as "off roster" and sold an array of pistols and semiautomatic rifles across Southern California, the court papers allege.

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