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Illegal weapons seized in search of Bay Point home

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POSTED July 9, 2012 1:29 a.m.

BAY POINT  (AP) — Dozens of illegal weapons have been seized during a search of a home in an unincorporated area of Contra Costa County, authorities said.

The discovery of 49 illegal submachine guns, shotguns, rifles and handguns in a Bay View home came after a man flagged down deputies on a street Thursday night and said he had been hit over the head by a man who fled to the home, Assistant Sheriff Donny Gordon told the Contra Costa Times.

When deputies went to the home to speak the man who lived in the house, identified as 50-year-old Mike Kestner, they found a loaded Uzi submachine gun on a bed in a back bedroom, Gordon said.

After a search warrant was obtained, deputies and members of a task force that includes local police and officials from the state Department of Justice found the additional guns during a search of the home.

Kestner was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and illegal possession of an assault weapon. He was being held on $50,000 bail.

It wasn’t immediately known if Kestner has an attorney.

Three other adults in the home at the time of time were released after questioning, while a child in the home was released to his grandmother, Gordon said.

The victim of the assault that prompted the search was not seriously hurt.

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