An attorney for a Los Angeles cop who was acquitted last week of illegally exporting guns says the laws are so confusing it’s difficult for people to adhere to them all.
“There is so much confusion when comes to these requirements,” Humbarto Diaz, a federal public defender, said in an interview Friday with the Los Angeles Times. “Several federal agencies have oversight of the shipping of weapons out of the country, and there is still information floating around on their websites that contradicts current requirements.”
An LA federal jury last week acquitted Johnny Augustus Baltazar of illegally shipping a safe packed with firearms and ammunition to Belize in July 2007, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The paper reported that the federal prosecutor Amanda Bettinelli could not be reached for comment.
At trial, Diaz tried to hammer home that the charges against his client involved technical violations of a complex series of regulations.
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