12070 thru 12084 Firearms Dealer Licensing, Gun Shows- Dangerous Weapons Control Laws - Bureau of Firearms - California Dept. of Justice - Office of the Attorney General
CA code 12070 (c)(1) for pistols, main body for long guns.
There is a limit per calendar year of 6 pistol transactions and 15 long gun transactions, each sales transaction can be multiple guns.
Now the question. How many transactions did they conduct? The article states they sold to dealers, other officers, civilians, etc. They could have EASILY gone over the limit.
ATF has gotten convictions for people buying firearms from an FFL with the intent to resell them to others. Their opinion is that if you are planning on reselling, especially when you already have a buyer lined up, that you are lying on the 4473 when you say that you are the buyer of the firearm.
NorCal deputies charged with dealing weapons | abc7.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KABC) -- Two Sacramento County sheriff's deputies have been charged for illegally selling dozens of weapons, federal prosecutors announced on Friday.
Deputies Ryan McGowan, 31, and Thomas Lu, 42, both of Elk Grove face charges of trafficking in handguns that cannot be legally bought by citizens in California, including some exotic weapons such as high-powered rifles mounted on pistol frames.
Remember, this is California. Civilians can not legally own most of the same weapons the police use.