More than 1 000 handguns and rifles have been seized in a raid on a mansion in an upscale neighbourhood in the U.S. city of Los Angeles, law enforcement authorities said.
Girard Damien Saenz, 57, suspected of illegal manufacture, distribution or sale of assault weapons in the case, was arrested but released on Thursday morning after paying 50,000 US dollars in bail, according to the jail records. In an interview, ATF spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun said that Saenz had an "03" license, which allows collectors to obtain "curios and relics", but does not permit gun sales.
"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 in this type of neighbourhood", Ramirez said. Saenz was released on Thursday morning after posting a $50,000 bond, according to jail records.
Saenz has been a licensed general building contractor since 1994 and operates a business that he started in the early 1990s in San Diego called Gerry Saenz and Associates, according to public records. While many people in the family's inner circle knew about the businessman's secret life with his mistress - including his wife Anne, with whom he had four sons - Gordon's affair with Cynthia became public knowledge in 1999. That property was one of several locations that were searched by authorities Wednesday, law enforcement sources not authorized to speak publicly told The Times. Law enforcement officers served a warrant about 4 a.m. Wednesday at the home at 111 N. Beverly Glen Blvd., near Sunset Boulevard. Saenz was released within a few hours of being detained. Saenz could be hit with additional charges, authorities told ABC News on Wednesday.
The LAPD says this is one of the largest stashes of weapons it's ever recovered.
"There is nothing in itself wrong with having a thousand guns".
Chuck Michel, a well-known gun rights attorney, said that having 1,000 guns isn't that unusual for a federal firearms dealer.
He continued saying that the "arrest here seems to be for some illegal assault weapons".
Authorities noted that while it is not illegal to own such a large amount of weapons, it is illegal if someone is selling them without following proper state or federal regulations.