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The Las Vegas shooter’s road to 47 guns

(CNN)Investigators are still trying to pin down Stephen Paddock’s motive for opening fire on thousands of country music fans in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding nearly 500 in the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

What they have uncovered — in his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel, his car and his homes — is a remarkable collection of firearms commensurate with the scale of violence he unleashed before he killed himself as police closed in.

Here’s what we know about the weapons cache:

He had 47 guns.

In all, authorities have found 47 guns of varying size and power that belonged to Paddock.

Investigators discovered 23 guns in his hotel room in Las Vegas in the immediate hours after the attack, plus another 24 at his homes in Mesquite and Verdi, Nevada, near Reno.

It’s not clear how many guns were rifles or handguns. But at least 12 of those in the hotel room were outfitted with bump stocks, which allowed the semi-automatic weapons to mimic the gunfire of automatic ones, according to Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of the ATF’s San Francisco field division.

Such a large collection isn’t necessarily unusual, Sam Rabadi, a retired special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told CNN
“There are states in the country where there’s a lot of hunting, outdoor activities. There are also areas where you have a higher population of collectors,” Rabadi said. “The purchase of that many firearms in and of itself don’t necessarily raise red flags for us.”
Police also discovered more than 50 pounds of exploding targets and 1,600 rounds of ammunition in Paddock’s car in the hotel’s parking lot.






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