Photographer Arrested for Loaded Gun in Car en Route to Biden Event

On July 22, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested 62-year-old photographer Larry Ira Estrin after a police dog signaled on a gun and officers found a loaded firearm under the passenger seat of Estrin’s car.

Estrin was enroute to a speaking engagement for Vice President Joe Biden.

According to KTLA 5, “Security on Biden’s Southern California swing has been tighter than for the vice president’s other recent events,” and “the firearm was discovered at “a vehicle checkpoint near Sherman Way and Lankershim Boulevard.”

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that Estrin is a photographer for the business at which Biden was scheduled to speak and that the gun under the seat was an apparent oversight. LAPD Sergeant Kyle Kirkman said “the man forgot to remove the gun from the car before coming to the event.”

Kirkman said Estrin was charged with a misdemeanor for the simple fact that “state law requires that firearms in vehicles be unloaded.” The gun “was in a locked box” but is required to be locked up and unloaded.

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