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Man Jailed in Seizure of 1,000 Guns in Upscale L.A. Area

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A 57-year-old man identified as the longtime companion of Los Angeles real estate mogul Cynthia Beck was behind bars for several hours overnight after police seized more than 1,000 guns — including some that authorities allege were fully automatic — from a home in the Bel-Air area, the Los Angeles Times reports.  When investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Los Angeles Police Department arrived at the five-bedroom estate about 4 a.m. Wednesday, the sprawling mansion, just down the street from a plethora of celebrity homes, was in complete disarray. Authorities described the property as a hoarder’s paradise, with guns strewn throughout several of the home’s rooms. It took about 30 law enforcement personnel more than 12 hours to remove all the weapons, which included rifles, shotguns, assault weapons and pistols.

Girard Saenz, who was in the home at the time, was arrested on suspicion of violating California’s law on assault weapons and .50-caliber Browning machine guns. The law prohibits the manufacture, distribution, transportation, importation and sale of any assault rifle or .50-caliber weapon, except in specific circumstances. The guns, which authorities say Saenz was selling, were laid in stacks atop blankets on the property’s winding driveway for officials to catalog. Lt. Chris Ramirez, a police spokesman, said, “It’s beyond comprehension that somebody can have so many weapons in a residence like this, in a neighborhood like this.” The property is owned by Cynthia Beck, who has three daughters with J. Paul Getty’s son, Gordon Getty. Saenz has been a licensed general building contractor since 1994. Chuck Michel, a gun rights attorney, said that having 1,000 guns isn’t that unusual for a federal firearms dealer.

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