Move to toss gun case is rejected |

Move to toss gun case is rejected

A gun show operator accused of allowing illegal weapons sales at the Nevada County Fairgrounds pleaded innocent Thursday after an effort to toss out his case was rejected.

Charged with permitting illegal firearms transfers – an infraction – Larry Urrutia had argued the charges had no merit. Conviction for an infraction does not involve jail time.

But Judge Carl F. Bryan II rejected the motion and scheduled an Aug. 26 pretrial hearing.

Urrutia wasn’t in court Thursday, and his lawyer, Kelly C. Quinn of San Pedro, entered the plea on Urrutia’s behalf.

In a written motion, Quinn argued that Urrutia’s charge didn’t allege that Urrutia had a duty to prevent a crime committed by a gun show vendor.

The Colusa County resident is accused of allowing two SKS assault rifles with attached grenade launchers to get out of the fairgrounds building exit on Feb. 9. Undercover state Department of Justice agents were monitoring the show at the time. The guns were illegal because of the grenade launchers, agents reported.

Urrutia’s charge in the state penal code says, “All firearms transfers at the gun show or event shall be in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.”

The county Fair Board had similar requirements in its rental agreement with Urrutia.

The reported seller of the guns, Grass Valley-area resident John Crabtree, was sentenced to three years’ probation Monday after pleading no contest to a pair of misdemeanors.

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