Over 1,000 Guns Seized From Los Angeles Mansion

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More than 1,000 handguns and rifles have been seized in a raid on a mansion in an upscale neighborhood in the US city of Los Angeles, law enforcement authorities said.

The weapons seizure came from an anonymous tip that firearms were being sold illegally out of the home, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) said.

The house, which is mostly hidden from the street by high hedges, is located in the exclusive Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, near the famed Playboy Mansion and the home of Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Video footage taken by local television stations showed Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers and ATF agents inspecting enormous piles of handguns and rifles on grey tarpaulins outside the home.

More than 1,000 handguns and rifles have been seized in a raid on a mansion in an upscale neighborhood in the US city of Los Angeles, law enforcement authorities said.

The weapons seizure came from an anonymous tip that firearms were being sold illegally out of the home, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) said.

The house, which is mostly hidden from the street by high hedges, is located in the exclusive Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, near the famed Playboy Mansion and the home of Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Video footage taken by local television stations showed Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers and ATF agents inspecting enormous piles of handguns and rifles on grey tarpaulins outside the home.

“Pursuant to an anonymous tip, ATF and LAPD became aware of an individual conducting illegal firearms (transactions) outside the scope of the federal firearm license that the individual possesses,” the ATF said in a statement.

“A large amount of firearms manufacturing equipment and tools have been recovered,” the ATF said.

“While the search warrant continues, there has been more than 1,000 firearms seized,” it said. “ATF and LAPD have no reason to believe the public is in any danger.”

According to the police, one person was arrested and is facing charges of “unlawful transportation, giving and lending an assault weapon.”

He was identified by local media as Girard Damien Saenz, 56.

“I’ve never seen so many weapons in my career of 31 years,” LAPD Lieutenant Chris Ramirez told reporters.

“That’s such a big arsenal in a residence in this type of neighborhood,” Ramirez said. “It’s kind of astounding.”

The Los Angeles Times said the home where the weapons were seized belongs to Cynthia Beck, who is married to Gordon Getty, the son of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty.

The Times said Beck could not be reached for comment and it was unclear “what, if any, connection she had to Wednesday’s events.”

“Pursuant to an anonymous tip, ATF and LAPD became aware of an individual conducting illegal firearms (transactions) outside the scope of the federal firearm license that the individual possesses,” the ATF said in a statement.

“A large amount of firearms manufacturing equipment and tools have been recovered,” the ATF said.

“While the search warrant continues, there has been more than 1,000 firearms seized,” it said. “ATF and LAPD have no reason to believe the public is in any danger.”

According to the police, one person was arrested and is facing charges of “unlawful transportation, giving and lending an assault weapon.”

He was identified by local media as Girard Damien Saenz, 56.

“I’ve never seen so many weapons in my career of 31 years,” LAPD Lieutenant Chris Ramirez told reporters.

“That’s such a big arsenal in a residence in this type of neighborhood,” Ramirez said. “It’s kind of astounding.”

The Los Angeles Times said the home where the weapons were seized belongs to Cynthia Beck, who is married to Gordon Getty, the son of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty.

The Times said Beck could not be reached for comment and it was unclear “what, if any, connection she had to Wednesday’s events.”

AFP

Customs Discover 1,100 Pump-Action Rifles At Lagos Port

Customs Discover 1,100 Pump-Action Rifles At Lagos Port
Colonel Hameed Alli

Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service have discovered 1,100 pump-action rifles in a container at the Tin-Can Island Port in Lagos.

The weapons are believed to have been smuggled into the country by a gun-running syndicate.

Controller-General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Alli (retd), told journalists at a briefing in Lagos on Monday that the weapons were brought in from Turkey and concealed in a container purportedly conveying wash basins.

Following a thorough examination of the said container on September 7, the Customs boss said the weapons included 600 pieces of Georgia Magnum Black Pump-Action rifles among other rifles.

“If you add 600 plus 300, plus 200, that’s 1,100 pieces of pump-action rifles that were brought in under the guise of wash-hand basins and some other items,” he said.

Alli also said a Customs officer and a clerk at the Tin-Can Island Command have been arrested as part of investigations.

The discovery comes more than seven months after Customs operatives intercepted 661 pieces of pump-action rifles in Lagos.

This file photo shows some of the rifles seized by Customs in January 2017

The Customs boss had on January 30 told reporters in Ikeja that despite the Federal Government’s ban on such type of weapons, the rifles were found in 49 boxes.

He said the weapons were concealed in steel doors and other merchandise goods in a 40-feet container conveyed in a Mack truck.