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Photos: Government-Issued Assault Rifle Found in Redondo Beach

The assault rifle was found Thursday morning in South Redondo Beach.

A closer look at part of the weapon, after it was disassembled, and the ticking device (a recordable greeting card). Contributed photo.
A closer look at part of the weapon, after it was disassembled, and the ticking device (a recordable greeting card). Contributed photo.
A gun described as a "government-issued assault rifle" by the Redondo Beach Police Department was discovered Thursday morning near the intersection of Broadway and Vincent Street in South Redondo Beach.

The person who found the weapon initially thought it was a musical instrument, but when she opened the case, she saw the gun and heard a ticking noise, according to comments posted on Patch. A police officer was flagged down, and authorities evacuated houses surrounding her residence in case the ticking sound was an explosive device.

As it turned out, the ticking came from a recordable greeting card, according to the person who found the weapon. 

As of Thursday, police were trying to determine whether the weapon—owned by someone in law enforcement working for an agency under the Homeland Security umbrella—was accidentally left out by the owner or stolen from a vehicle.

The photos above were provided to Patch by the person who discovered the rifle.

Nimby 90277 January 27, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Oh my...is that a short-barrel rifle? With a 30-round mag? Stored in its magwell? That was being transported in an unlocked case? And is it full-auto, as the lady who found it was told by RBPD? Wish they had photos of the other side of the rifle. And found so close to the Redondo Beach Police Dept?? Obviously its LEO owner thinks that being LEO means your above the law. I'm sure this will suddenly be reported stolen. Possibly even on a back-dated report. Wrists will be slapped, and he'll have to take some token training paid for by the tax-payers. Thanks for sharing this DGaf. There are many questions that need to be answered here.
Chris Grassia January 28, 2014 at 05:39 PM
You can see the 3rd pin in the photos, its a select fire gun.
Jeff Wyman January 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM
Looks like someone built themselves a full-auto SBR, because that's not a plain old select-fire M4. Anyone wanna bet that this cop played by the NFA rules? Doubtful, just as much as I doubt he'll get in trouble for it.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) January 29, 2014 at 03:12 AM
Here's the latest update: http://redondobeach.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/owner-inadvertently-left-ar15-on-street-police
Mike Peters February 04, 2014 at 12:54 AM
Thankfully the evil gun didn't start shooting innocent people

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