Los Angeles police investigating a man’s death discovered an arsenal of more than 1,200 firearms and approximately two tons of ammunition in his home and garage Monday.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the unidentified man’s decomposing body was found in his car, which was parked down the street from his Pacific Palisades home earlier Monday.
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith told the paper the number of guns was “staggering.”
“Our truck couldn’t carry it all,” Smith said. “We had to go back and make another trip.” The Times reported that many of the guns had never been fired, and some were still in boxes with price tags attached.
There were no signs of foul play in the man’s death, nor was there any indication that he had been involved in criminal activity. However, detectives want to investigate why the man had so many guns and whether the weapons had been linked to any crimes.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Smith 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.”