California is America’s gun control nirvana. It’s what all of the other anti-gun wannabe states aspire to be.
The state gets a big A rating from Gabby Giffords’ civilian disarmament operation. Whether it’s red flag laws, magazine capacity limits, microstamping mandates, “safe storage” requirements or a ban on scary black rifles, the Golden State’s got it all goin’ on.
And yet . . .
A man was arrested after more than 1,000 guns were recovered from a Bel-Air home Wednesday during an investigation into the illegal selling and manufacturing of weapons, officials said.
Girard Saenz, 57, of Los Angeles, was arrested on suspicion of distributing, transporting, importing, selling, or lending an assault weapon, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
LAPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials were conducting a joint investigation when a search warrant was served at the home on the 100 block of North Beverly Glen Boulevard at about 4 a.m., police said.
Aerial video from Sky5 showed federal agents and police examining thousands of guns laid out in a courtyard area of the home. The property is in an upscale area of multimillion-dollar homes.
It’s almost as if criminals don’t abide by gun control laws, no matter how strict they are. If we were more cynical, we might conclude that restrictions enacted by hoplophobic politicians are really only there to discourage law-abiding citizens from owning firearms and exercising their right to armed self-defense.
From the AP:
More than 1,000 rifles and handguns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were seized Wednesday at a mansion in a posh area of town not far from the Playboy Mansion.
Acting on a tip regarding illegal firearms sales, police and federal agents served a search warrant at around 4 a.m. at the property, a home valued at millions of dollars on the border of the Bel Air and Holmby Hills neighborhoods, authorities said.
Photos and video from the scene showed stacks of rifles, handguns and shotguns laid out in the driveway. Others showed a floor stacked with boxes of ammunition.
Although many appeared to be modern, some were 50 years old or more and a few may have been collectibles dating back to the Civil War, KABC-TV reported.
“I had never seen so many weapons in my career of 31 years,” police Lt. Chris Ramirez said. “That’s such a big arsenal in a residence like this, in this type of neighborhood. It’s astounding.”
One man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of violating a state law that outlaws the manufacture, possession or sale of assault weapons and high-caliber rifles. His name wasn’t immediately released.
Investigators didn’t immediately release other details, such as whether the guns were part of a private collection or to whom some may have been sold.
But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said there was no danger to the public.
In a statement, the ATF said authorities received an anonymous tip about a person “conducting illegal firearms transaction outside the scope of the federal firearm license” that the person possessed.
It’s a good thing we’re not that cynical.