This is not a bash against Law Enforcement but after reading about the exemptions in Ca law it is easy to see how some can profit by circumventing the law.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When police responded to a report of shots fired near San Francisco in February 2011, they wound up in a standoff with 29-year-old Joseph Camilleri and his girlfriend. The two were barricaded inside a home with as many as 20 guns, including 12 illegal assault weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
On Friday, federal and state prosecutors alleged that two of the machine-pistol type weapons were sold to Camilleri by a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy abusing an exemption in state law that lets peace officers buy weapons that are illegal for civilians to own.
They charged Ryan McGowan, 31, and fellow deputy Thomas Lu, 42, with violating federal law by acting as straw buyers to purchase the restricted handguns, which they then sold to unqualified buyers through a licensed dealer who also faces federal charges.EarthLink - U.S. NewsCalifornia law bars citizens from buying handguns that have not been deemed safe by the state Department of Justice, but the law exempts peace officers. Officers also can buy high-capacity magazines.
If they get authorization from supervisors, they also can buy assault weapons. The Associated Press reported in December that California law enforcement agencies registered more than 7,600 assault rifles for individual officers, many for the officers' personal use, since their ownership was restricted for civilians a decade ago.
"These are particularly kind of dangerous weapons," Wagner said. "There's a reason why they are not publicly offered for sale. So there is a public safety concern with the proliferation of these weapons, essentially the exploitation of this loophole, to disseminate a large amount of these weapons to the public."