LAPD Officers Used Relationships to Get Gun Discounts, Possibly Violating Rules: Report

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A Smith & Wesson M&P is fired on the range at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles police officers in a unit that evaluated Smith & Wesson handguns for a new department contract used their relationship with the gun company to privately purchase discounted pistols for members of their unit, a possible violation of city ethics rules, according to a report by the LAPD’s watchdog that was made public Friday.

The officers bought about $27,000 worth of discounted guns and magazines last year shortly after Smith & Wesson pistols became the LAPD’s standard-issued duty weapon, according to the investigation by Inspector General Alex Bustamante.

The Firearms and Tactics Section officers cut the deal with the gun company at a Las Vegas gun show even though Smith & Wesson had previously refused another request on behalf of the department for a similar discount for all LAPD officers who might want to privately purchase pistols, the report said.

The deal allowed the unit’s officers to make a “one-time, bulk purchase” of guns and magazines at a discounted price. Forty-two officers ended up buying 67 guns, Bustamante found, pooling their money into a single cashier’s check sent to Smith & Wesson.

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