300 guns seized: Authorities in New York said they found 300 guns in a New York man’s home.
New York authorities seized a massive cache of weapons on Long Island on Thursday, according to officials.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota told CBS News that 300 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found in suspect Jay Steiner’s home in Centereach. He allegedly ran a illegal gunsmithing business from his home, which is located within 300 feet of a high school.
“We see weapons all over the place. More than 85 illegal handguns and 250 rifles, shotguns and what you will see is a machine gun,” said Spota. “This fellow had more firepower than the detectives when they went to search the house. And those weapons, his room overlooks that high school.”
Steiner, 66, was arrested in January after his home was visited by an undercover officer. He was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and is currently free on bail.
Prosecutors announced the case on Thursday after their crime lab investigators completed testing earlier this week, reported the Long Island Press.
“That’s a lot of guns. It’s scary,” one neighbor told NBC News.
Spota’s office said that 85 illegal handguns as well as 230 rifles and shotguns were discovered.
According to the New York Daily News, many of the weapons were loaded and lying out in the open. “He should not have had these guns,” said Spota. “The manner in which he stored these weapons is shocking.”
The district attorney said that handguns were found in an unlocked dresser drawer, a loaded shotgun was hanging on the wall, and a revolver was found under a hat in the kitchen. The rest of the handguns were located in safes and a briefcase, according to the Long Island Press.
Steiner told CBS that he did nothing wrong.
“They were locked up and unloaded. I taught firearms safety. As an instructor, I know what to do to safeguard firearms,” he said.
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