Los Angeles Times

1,200 guns, 2 tons of ammo found

- By Kate Mather kate.mather@latimes.com Twitter: @katemather

It wasn’t what police expected to find when they searched a man’s Pacific Palisades home lastweek.

More than 1,200 guns were strewn about the Palisades Drive house and garage, police said. The weapons included high- end pistols, shotguns and rifles. Many had never been fired. Some were still wrapped in their boxes with the price tags still attached.

Itwas a “staggering number of guns,” said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith.

Police also found about two tons of ammunition.

“Our truck couldn’t carry it all,” Smith said. “We had to go back and make another trip.”

The unusual discovery came as police investigat­ed the death of the man, whose decomposin­g body was found in a car parked down the street fromhis home.

Although the LAPD’s elite Robbery- Homicide Division detectives were initially called to handle the case, Smith said, they found no signs of foul play and are not investigat­ing the death as a homicide.

Coroner’s officials said Monday that the man had not been identified and that the cause of death has not been determined.

Detectives are trying to find out why the man had so many guns. Smithsaid there were no initial indication­s that the man had a criminal motive, no signs he was smuggling the weapons or plotting any sort of attack.

The LAPD’s gun detail will examine each of the weapons to determine whether they have been linked to any crime, Smith said.

“We have a lot of work to do,” he said. “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.”

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