The northern California city of Blue Lake until recently was under the protection of four police officers packing 31 submachine guns, says the Los Angeles Times. In February, Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies arrested police chief David Gundersen on suspicion of crimes in his own bedroom. Prosecutors have charged him with 33 counts, alleging that he repeatedly drugged his wife, a Blue Lake police sergeant, and forced her to have sex.
Investigators discovered that Gundersen he had a weapons cache at home that included a machine gun and a James Bond-style pistol with a silencer, both unregistered. Gundersen, 53, advertised his love of guns on a MySpace page for “Gundy Bros,” with a photo of a machine gun and the offer of “Weapon Systems/Sales and Services.” Investigators seized 111 weapons — nearly a quarter of them from his home. Gundersen arrived in 1999 after a short run in nearby Trinidad and a controversial stint in another city, where he was accused of theft (police union leaders attributed it to small-town politics).