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Pasadena Police lieutenant charged with illegal gun sales

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KMPH News Staff

PASADENA, Calif. (KMPH) — A lieutenant with the Pasadena Police Department was arrested Friday and charged with the illegal sale of about 100 firearms.

48-year-old Vasken Gourdikian surrendered to federal authorities after he was named by a federal grand jury on Thursday.

Gourdikian is accused of dealing in firearms without a license, making false statements on Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms Forms, and possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle.

The federal indictment charges that, from March 2014 through February 2017, Gourdikian sold over 100 firearms without a license.

The indictment also says Gourdikian used his status as a lieutenant to buy guns not available to the public and then sold the “off-roster” firearms through third-party transfers to members of the public.

Being a police officer also allowed Gourdikian to bypass the 30-day period required between handgun purchases.

Special agents from the ATF executed a federal search warrant at Gourdikian’s residence in Sierra Madre in 2017 and seized approximately 62 firearms, including an unregistered short-barreled rifle.

Gourdikian is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment Friday afternoon in Los Angeles.

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