‘Never Seen So Many Weapons’: LAPD Seize 1,000 Guns At Bel-Air Mansion

Federal agents arrested Girard Saenz, 57, of Los Angeles, after more than 1,000 guns and a stockpile of ammunition were recovered in a Bel-Air mansion Wedsenday during an investigation into the illegal selling of weapons, reported KTLA Los Angeles.

Girard, of Holmby Hills, a wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood, was “illegally manufacturing and selling guns,” Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) spokesman Mike Lopez said.

LAPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raided the North Beverly Glen Boulevard mansion and were shocked by the cache of guns.

Aerial and land-based footage present by KTLA shows hundreds of assault rifles, shotguns, rifles, and pistols.

LAPD Lt. Chris Ramirez said special agents recovered guns of all makes, calibers and models, and 1,000s of rounds of live ammunition. The weapons were processed outside of the home and sent into evidence.

“This is a big stash,” Ramirez said. “It’s beyond comprehension that somebody can have so many weapons in a residence like this, in a neighborhood like this.”

He said the incident appears to be isolated and there is no threat to the surrounding community, even though it looked like Girard had enough weapons to supply an army battalion.

Redfin.com shows the home is a five-bedroom, 8,200-square-foot home that last sold in 2001. Its present value is roughly $7 million and owned by Cynthia Beck, who has three daughters, according to public records.

KTLA said law enforcement officers wouldn’t say if Beck is connected to the investigation nor if her family was living at home during the incident.

Rabbi Chaim Mentz with Chabad of Bel Air spoke with KTLA about how his synagogue is right down the street from the incident.

“I grew up in Brooklyn. I’ve seen a lot of things. I’ve never seen stockpiling this big,” Mentz said.

ATF spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun told CNN in a written statement that the agency believed the suspect was “conducting illegal firearms transaction outside the scope of the federal firearm license that the individual possesses.”

The question that we have: who exactly did Saenz sell firearms to?

via zerohedge


  1. Who cares
    About these guns.
    Guns are bought, traded and people collect.

    No crime in that regardless of quantity/
    This is all theatrics

    It would be of more value if fbi focused on cartel with weapons and terrorists! But then again our fbi refuses to be interested in criminals with guns.

  2. Typical police trying to make a crime where on probably existed he had a permit to sell so he kept his stock at his house that’s not a crime and so what if there was a synagogue down the street he wasn’t threatening them all police and fed theatre

  3. Gads, how many guns are we legally allowed? Thought it was limitless by reading the constitution. Is this really a tax issue? Much ado about nothing.

  4. If he was doing unlicensed manufacturing, he has a major legal problem. The operative question here is what tipped authorities off? Was he selling to gang-members? They sometimes turn state’s evidence when they get caught with something that doesn’t look right, such as having no maker’s marks or serial number. That’ll instantly arouse BATF curiosity.

  5. WOW! What a bunch of horsecrap. Unless he was selling guns illegally, he had a right to own as many guns as he wants. LAPD, really?? Charlton Heston President of the NRA and famous actor had a room in his home in Bel-Aire had more guns then that including Gatling guns. So what is the big deal, Did Nancy Pelosi pass out? I suspect you won’t see any media coverage when the Owner’s attorneys get all the charges dropped and his guns returned.

  6. In all of the pictures that have seen in this article, I didn’t see the hundreds of assault rifles they referred to. I even got magnifying glass to see.
    Some may not have a problem with the anti gun bunch calling our guns assault weapons.
    BUT you should. There is NO such weapon. Tactical sporting rifles are assault weapons.
    Why didn’t they call rocks and dirt clods that threw at each other when we were kids aerial assault weapons. Or when thrown by the handful weapons of mass pain.
    We all need to call out anyone who calls them assault weapons , for the protection of our 2nd Amendment.

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