Prosecutors: California cop illegally sold over 100 guns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say a Southern California police lieutenant used his job to get around the state's strict gun laws in order to resell dozens of guns without a license.

Pasadena Police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian was arrested by federal agents Friday morning. He's been charged with illegally selling more than 100 firearms between March 2014 and February 2017.

Gourdikian is accused of using his status as a police officer to buy guns that weren't available to the general public and then reselling the weapons.

He's also accused of possessing an unregistered gun and making false statements on federal firearms forms.

The 48-year-old worked as the police department's spokesman. He was placed on leave last year after federal agents raided his home.

Gourdikian's attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately comment on the case.

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