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Sacramento deputies face weapons charges for alleged firearms conspiracy

Our Roseville area readers may have heard by now of the headline making news from Sacramento where two county deputies were allegedly involved in a firearms conspiracy. They now face weapons charges.

The two Sacramento County Sheriff's Department deputies were indicted by both federal and state authorities. They allegedly used their law enforcement credentials to purchase guns not available to the general public. Authorities say they then resold those same firearms to various individuals through a licensed firearms dealer.

Pictures shown at a press conference announcing the indictments depicted what appeared to be assault weapons. Some of these deadly weapons were apparently recovered later at the scene of a violent crime.

Authorities have stated the investigation, which began in 2011, involved other Sacramento officers as well as a Roseville officer. A 61-year-old licensed firearms dealer and a 36-year-old man from Sacramento also face weapons charges.

The accused deputies have claimed that they are merely hobbyists who did not intend to break any laws. They say they are victims in an ever-increasing web of federal and state gun control regulations.

After the investigation became known to the general public, both of the deputies were suspended. One decided to resign, but the other is fighting to keep his job.

Weapon charges can have serious consequences, but it appears that the individuals involved in this case have already staked out a defense strategy. While prosecutors may have hoped to gain an advantage by staging a press conference, as with all criminal cases, these deputies are entitled to the same competent defense any other accused person would receive.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Two Sacramento deputies among four indicted on firearms, conspiracy charges," Denny Walsh, Sam Stanton and Kim Minugh, June 1, 2012

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