Feds Probe Illegal Gun Sales by Northern California Police Officers


A federal probe into suspected illegal gun sales by local law enforcement officers involves at least four major police agencies in the Sacramento region, the Sacramento Bee reports. Two sheriff’s deputies, one Sacramento police officer, and one Roseville, Ca., officers are the focus of the probe. A firearms dealer allegedly involved with some of the officers is under investigation.

Sources told the Bee the investigation is targeting officers who used their positions to purchase weapons that are not available to the public, then sold them for profit. An officer seeking to make such a purchase can go to a licensed gun dealer with authorization from his chief or sheriff without having to go through a 10-day waiting period or background check, said Sam Paredes of Gun Owners of California.

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