Los Angeles police were investigating a man’s death when they discovered an “arsenal” of more than 1,200 guns and approximately two tons of ammo in his home. LAPD Commander Andrew Smith deemed the number of handguns and shotguns in the home a “staggering” sight.
Many of the 1,200 guns in the home were reportedly still sealed in their box with price tags attached and had never been fired.
“Our truck couldn’t carry it all,” Commander Smith said during an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “We had to go back and make another trip.”
Los Angeles police officers entered the home after the owner’s decomposing body was found inside a vehicle “down the street” from his home in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood. An unidentified neighbor said the man’s car caught her attention after it was parked in an alley for more than a day, noting that residents did not usually park in that area.
Although the officers are still in the early stages of their investigation, foul play is not suspected in the unidentified man’s death.
The LAPD investigators also told the media that they have not found any evidence that the man was involved in any type of criminal activity. The police detectives reportedly want to find out why the man had so many guns in his possession. As Los Angeles law enforcement officials aptly noted, in America, it is not a crime to own an “arsenal” of guns.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Commander Smith added. “Running the background, history and legality of these weapons is going to require a tremendous amount of time. It’s not a crime to have a large number of weapons so long as they were legal to own and legally obtained. We want to make sure that’s the case.”
As the LAPD officers removed the pistols, rifles, and shotguns from the man’s home, they reportedly found high-end firearms worth approximately $3,000 to $4,000 each, along with books on hunting, guns, and shooting.
On Tuesday, the LAPD said there was no indication that the Pacific Palisades man was a “survivalist” or “prepper,” but added that the home was so cluttered that it was nearly impossible to walk around inside without stepping on belongings.
“I heard they had to make a tunnel to get stuff out of the garage,” LAPD Gangs and Narcotics Unit Sergeant David Craig said.
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