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Thursday, September 4, 2008

[CA] Spousal rape-accused Chief Gundersen's submachine guns - and silencer

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Guns take center stage in Gundersen case
The Times-Standard
Thadeus Greenson
It was no secret that former Blue Lake Police Chief David Gundersen used to drive around town with a fully automatic submachine gun in his patrol car, former Blue Lake City Manager Wiley Buck testified Wednesday. The submachine gun -- a 9 mm Heckler & Koch MP5 -- was at the center of testimony Wednesday, the 12th day of Gundersen's spousal rape trial, as one of two weapons Gundersen is charged with illegally possessing. Gundersen, who was arrested Feb. 8, currently faces two dozen counts of raping his wife, Darcie Seal, with the use of an intoxicant, as well as charges of violating a court order, attempting to dissuade the victim of a crime and illegally possessing a submachine gun and a pistol with an attached silencer. He has pleaded not guilty and remains held on $1.25 million bail... Blake Grahm, a special agent with the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms, testified that law enforcement agencies are required by law to register hand guns with AFS within 10 days of their acquisition, but that there is no such requirement for submachine guns, which agencies simply aren't required by law to register. District Attorney Paul Gallegos also questioned Dunn about 30 other submachine guns seized from the Blue Lake Police Department... U.S. Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Senior Special Agent Nina Delgadillo told the Times-Standard in an April e-mail that the case was under review with the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco, but no decision had been made on whether the office would seek federal prosecution... ”It doesn't make sense that a police officer would need a silencer in the types of duties they had”... [See full article here]

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