Poker fans know Dan Bilzerian as a pro player who’s also a gun rights advocate, and an uber-macho Instagram sensation. He says the Los Angeles Police seized several of his firearms after a break-in at his home, without a warrant or reason.
According to this story from the Washington Times, in September 5, someone broke into Bilzerian’s West Hollywood home while he was traveling. The perpetrators disabled security cameras outside the home before breaking a glass window to get in. They tried to break into a steel-reinforced closet where Bilzerian kept his firearms, but weren’t able to get in. The burglars escaped before police arrived.
For some reason, police then forced their way into the closet the burglars couldn’t open. They first asked permission of Bilzerian’s assistant and security guard Jeremy Guymon, and were refused. They broke in anyway and took eight of Bilzerian’s handguns into custody, the story said.
“They broke into our closet and took them after we were burglarized,” Guymon said. “It’s not like we were doing anything wrong.”
The officers told Guymon they were confiscating the guns because they didn’t want the suspects coming back and getting them in a second attempt, Bilzerian said. However, officers took the handguns present in the closet, but left behind shotguns and a semi-auto rifle, the story said.
“The officers told my assistant that they took the handguns because they didn’t want the suspects to come back and get them on a second break-in, even though they were unsuccessful at the opening of the steel reinforced door the first time,” Bilzerian said. “Essentially they were ‘trying to protect my property and people’s safety.’ This is hard to grasp, when they left my $21,000 FN SCAR17 with thermal optic and shotguns unsecured in that same room.”
It took Bilzerian weeks to get his handguns back, and when he did, the magazines and ammunition to go with them were missing, according to the story.
“All of my ammunition and the magazines were gone. And they couldn’t explain what happened to the magazines, but that ammo couldn’t be released with a firearm and that I’d have to schedule a separate three-hour visit for the ammo,” Bilzerian said. “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.”
As we reported here last week, Los Angeles residents now must either destroy or dispose of at a police station any magazine capable of holding more than ten rounds.