Originally posted on CBS Los Angeles:
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Venture into the LAPD’s gun locker and you’ll find hand guns, assault rifles and machine guns.
Chief Charlie Beck gave KCAL9 News a rare look inside the gun locker and showed the bizarre weapons officers have seized on the streets of L.A.
Behind a steel door, under a heavy lock and key, are where thousands of weapons are tagged, categorized and ready for trial.
“Believe it or not, there are about 13,000 guns surrounding us right now,” an officer said.
An undercover officer showed KCAL9 a military version of the AR-15, an assault rifle which is illegal in the state of California.
He showed a mini 14 which had been converted by common kits into an assault weapon.
“Occasionally, we’ll get a long gun crime, but it isn’t even close to the level of handguns,” Beck said.
Typically, the firearms used in crimes are smaller handguns…
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