Police probing death in LA find 1,200 guns, 2 tons ammo

Police probing death in LA find 1,200 guns, 2 tons ammo

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police investigating the death of a Los Angeles man uncovered an arsenal inside his home & garage — more than 1,200 guns & approximately two tons of ammunition, authorities said Monday.

Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andrew Smith called the number of rifles, pistols & shotguns staggering. Many had never been fired & some were still wrapped in boxes, with price tags still attached.

"Our truck couldn't carry it all," Smith told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1HFAKVn). "We had to go back & make another trip."

p>There were no signs of foul play. Police have found no evidence the man, who has not been identified, was involved in criminal activity.

Police made the discovery after the man's decomposing body was found in a car down the street from his home in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood.

Detectives want to find out why he had so many guns & are examining the weapons to determine if they have been linked to any crime.

"We have a lot of work to do," Smith said. "Running the background, history & 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 & legally obtained," Smith added. "We want to make sure that's the case."

Source: “Associated Press”

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