A man was placed under arrest at the scene for violating Penal Code 30600, California's law regarding assault weapons and .50 BMG (Browning Machine Gun) rifles after police found more than 1,000 guns in a home in the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood Holmby Hills.
He was suspected of manufacturing and selling illegal firearms. "We recovered over a thousand weapons of various makes, models and calibers - rifles, shotguns, pistols," said Lt. Chris Ramirez, a Los Angeles police spokesman. "It's just beyond comprehension that somebody can have so many weapons in a residence like this in a neighborhood like this," he added. The weapons range from handguns to rifles. The collection was valued at a $500,000 to $1 million. Authorities were anonymously tipped. Along with the weapons, firearm manufacturing equipment and tools were also found at the home. Identity of the suspect wasn't made public. He was expected to be booked Thursday morning.
Many famous performers and artists have made Holmby Hills their home, among them Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper, Walt Disney and the power couple of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.