LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has secured a conviction against Barkochba Botach, a South Los Angeles firearms dealer, for the illegal sale of two firearms with large capacity magazines. A security officer, who acted as a straw purchaser and obtained the firearms from Botach’s dealership, was also convicted earlier this year in connection with this case.
“This conviction sends the strong message to firearms dealers that my office will aggressively enforce key gun violence prevention laws,” said Feuer.
Following a five day jury trial, Barkochba Botach, a licensed firearms dealer and owner of Botach Tactical, was found guilty of one count of sale of large-capacity magazines and one count of sale of more than one handgun within a 30-day period. Sentencing is scheduled for June 6, 2016 in Department 117.
In January 2016, Amelia Suarez, a civilian employed with the LA County Sheriff’s Department as a security officer at West Los Angeles College working in connection with Botach, entered a plea of no contest to conducting a firearms transaction where neither party holds a dealer’s license. Suarez was sentenced to 36 months of probation, 300 hours of community service, as well as a gun safety class.
Deputy City Attorney Amanda Wong successfully prosecuted the cases.
On October 14, 2014, Suarez purchased two Smith & Wesson 9mm pistols from Botach Tactical, located at 3423 West 43rd Place in Leimert Park. Each firearm was sold with three magazines, each with a 17-round capacity.