Hadn't expected this:
An Arizona judge threw out criminal charges on Wednesday against a gun dealer accused of knowingly selling weapons to smugglers shopping for Mexican drug cartels, after he ruled the prosecutor's evidence was flawed.For those not following this case (I have only done so cursorily), George Iknadosian is a Phoenix, AZ gun dealer, who had been facing gun trafficking charges that could have landed him in prison for two-hundred fifty years (meaning he'd be almost three humdred when he got out).
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Gottsfield issued a directed verdict of not guilty in the trial of George Iknadosian, 47, the owner of X-Caliber guns in Phoenix.
The gun haters called his prosecution "welcome":
The prosecution of Valley businessman George Iknadosian, owner of X-Caliber gun shop, is a welcome recognition of the interconnectedness of U.S. and Mexican law-enforcement challenges.I'm guessing they won't "welcome" this latest development--if the freedom of an innocent man doesn't fit the agenda, that's just too bad for him.
Back to the originally linked-to article:
Gottsfield dismissed the case on the grounds that the prosecutors had not proven the third-party buyers, or "straw purchasers," had misrepresented their identities when buying the guns.Good on ya', Judge Gottsfield.
"There is no proof whatsoever that any prohibited possessor ended up with the firearms," he said in a ruling.
Left unanswered by the article is any question about the return of Iknadosian's inventory, or the status of his Federal Firearms License (FFL). Can't say I have a lot of confidence about that.