Police lieutenant to plead to illegal sale of 100-plus guns
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say a former Southern California police lieutenant who also acted as a department spokesman has agreed to plead guilty to illegally in connection with the illegal sale of more than 100 guns.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday that former Pasadena Police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian has signed an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty on Sept. 20 to dealing in firearms without a license and lying during a gun purchase.
Prosecutors say Gourdikian used his job to get around California’s strict gun laws to resell at least 108 guns between 2014 and 2017.
As an officer, they say Gourdikian was able to buy 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.
Gourdikian resigned in March after a 22-year career.
Mark Werksman, Gourdikian’s attorney, says his client “is a man with an exemplary service record who spent his entire adult life serving his community admirably and without blemish” and takes full responsibility for the gun sales.