Reno police sergeant demoted after gun sale

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Updated: 8/02/2013 4:41 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno police sergeant who sold a gun to a mentally ill 19-year-old man has been demoted to officer.

The Reno Gazette-Journal ( ) reports Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson confirmed the demotion of Laura Conklin on Friday.

Robinson adds that the department's internal investigation into the July gun sale is still on-going.

A judge earlier had adjudicated the young man as mentally incompetent to care for himself, making it illegal for him to have a weapon.

Conklin's lawyer Thomas Viloria tells the newspaper that Conklin was promoted to sergeant on Aug. 10 of last year. The promotion comes with a one-year probationary period and she was awaiting final confirmation.

Viloria says Conklin was told Wednesday that she was not confirmed, though no reason was provided.


Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal,


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Deadmeat99 - 8/3/2013 1:13 PM
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Melissa Jane, please point out what was illegal with this sale from the officers point of view. The sale was legal, the courts never entered his adjudication into the system, and the officer checked to verify his age and residency at the time of sale. Lastly, no one needs to justify why they want a firearm to you or anyone else. The RGJ has hyped this story up to promote their antigun agenda (as they did with the SB221 veto, their attempt to publish CCW permit data, and the wailing about BATF problems in Reno). They are going beyond reporting and now exist as activists.

Melissa Jane - 8/3/2013 7:50 AM
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People and their guns....doesn't it matter that he was 19 years old? Why does he need a gun at that age anyway? If he cannot really care for himself, I would also think is pretty apparent if she took any time at all to see who she is selling the gun to. Lastly she is a police officer and they, all of them, need to be the example for the rest of us. How can you uphold the law at the same your breaking it/bending it. Her bosses did the right thing, even if it does put a damper on her career. He should have went to a Walmart or Sport store, Police officers shouldn't be selling guns anyways.

BDeckwa - 8/2/2013 10:46 PM
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She shouldn't have been demoted because of the sale. Yes, the court adjudicated him as mentally ill and not able to care for himself. The court failed to get his name into the system to block sales of weapons to him. She ends up being the fall guy for some body else's screwup. Does FUBAR mean anything to you?

Larry - 8/2/2013 6:07 PM
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Deadmeat99, You are 100% correct. The RGJ/Gannett liberal people will do all they can to promote their anti-gun agenda.

Deadmeat99 - 8/2/2013 4:55 PM
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Ridiculous. This officer did nothing wrong or illegal. The RGJ once again goes on an agenda driven witch hunt and now someone has their career jeopardized. This officer needs to lawyer up.

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