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Rich Poker Playboy Says LAPD Took 9 Of His Many Guns Without A Warrant
Gun-lover Dan Bilzerian, when not throwing nude porn stars off rooftops, is pretty mad that the LAPD took 9 of his guns.
Dan Bilzerian is a millionaire, poker-playing gun lover, ex-Navy Seal candidate, popular Instagrammer, and someone who must constantly be surrounded by half-naked women.
On September 5, an alleged break-in occurred at Bilzerian's West Hollywood home, according to The Washington Times. The thieves first sabotaged security cameras, then entered the home by breaking a window. They allegedly tried to bust into a closet where Bilzerian kept his guns, but were unable to because the room had been reinforced with steel. Their break-in tripped an alarm, which sent the LAPD to Bilzerian's house. However, the burglars had fled before they arrived.
Bilzerian was away from home at the time of the break-in. The LAPD used the opportunity to check out his gun collection for themselves. Bilzerian said they broke into his gun closet, and ultimately confiscated eight pistols and one rifle. He also told the Washington Times that when he got his guns back, all of his ammunition and magazines were gone. While he said the police never explained what happened to the magazines, they told him that they couldn't give him the ammo without the guns, and that he'd have to schedule a separate three-hour visit to to get the ammo.
"If they are gonna take the guns and make me wait for three hours at the police station, they should at the very least return what came with them," he said.
Bilzerian said the officers claimed the reason they took the guns was because they didn't want the burglars to come back and get them. However, they left several other firearms—some more powerful—behind.
Bilzerian would not be the first person to complain that the LAPD seized firearms without a warrant.
Wayne William Wright filed a lawsuit against the LAPD this summer in regards to the seizure of over 400 guns in 2004. Wright sold a gun to an undercover officer illegally, and ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. He received 26 of his guns back, but the LAPD said that Wright had no way of proving he owned the rest. The guns were destroyed in 2013. Alan Minato sued the LAPD this spring after they destroyed 11 of his guns. Police seized them after a child shot a sibling in Mianto's home in 2010.
Bilzerian was arrested at LAX in December of 2014 for allegedly trying to make a bomb in Nevada. Those charges were later dropped, and Bilzerian pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of failing to extinguish a fire in the open.