ATF illegal weapons case shines light on California firearms law.

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirms…

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirms that its agency is investigating individual peace officers in the Sacramento area who are suspected of purchasing firearms and illegally selling them on the black market.

The case is casting new light on a California law that allows members of law enforcement to purchase weaponry not available to the general public.

Law enforcement officials cite a bank robbery in Los Angeles as an example of why the law can be of benefit. “It was very clear that the police were out-gunned in that situation. To the point that they had to go to a local rifle store and commandeer weapons to be able to just go out and meet fire with fire,” said Roseville Police Dept. Spokesman, Capt. Ned Rosenbrook.

Rosenbrook says an agency’s budget constraints may play into this as well. “Some jurisdictions such as counties, might not be able to afford to outfit their entire department with these types of rifles,” Rosenbrook said.

Source: Donna Cordova for KCRA.

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