LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A former Pasadena police lieutenant has been sentenced to one year in prison for selling more than 100 off-roster guns without a license.
Vasken Kenneth Gourdikian, 50, of Sierra Madre was sentenced in U.S. district court in Los Angeles Monday and also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.READ MORE: High-Definition Panorama Taken By Mars Rover Perseverance Shows Crater Rim, Cliff Face Of Ancient River Delta
Back in September, as part of a deal with prosecutors, Gourdikian pled guilty to charges of engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license and making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm. He had faced a maximum possible sentence of 35 years in prison.
According to federal prosecutors, between March 2014 and February 2017, Gourdikian sold 108 mostly off-roster guns which he was able to obtain because of his status as an officer. Off-roster guns are those not available to the general public. Gourdikian sold the firearms on the Calguns website despite not have the license.
In the state of California, officers with a federal firearms license can only sell off-roster weapons to other law enforcement officers. Even if he had carried such a license, however, 80 of the 108 sales he made were still considered illegal in California because they went to non-law enforcement buyers, prosecutors said.READ MORE: No Criminal Charges Being Considered Against Tiger Woods For Crash, Sheriff Says: ‘He Was Lucid’
Furthermore, in 2016, one of the guns that Gourdikian purchased and later sold was recovered by local police during a narcotics investigation.
Federal authorities raided Gourdikian’s Sierra Madre home in February of 2017, where they confiscated more than 60 guns, including an unregistered, modified Sig Sauer model MPX 9mm short-barreled rifle, which is a weapon in the same class as a machine gun.
Gourdikian was put on paid administrative leave from the department starting Feb. 16, 2017, and has since been fired. He was arrested on March 2, 2018.MORE NEWS: Strong Santa Ana Winds Expected To Blow Into Los Angeles Area Tonight
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.