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Police: Dublin knife store owner arrested for possessing huge trove of illegal weapons

Thousands of weapons allegedly uncovered at business, home, storage unit
Left: Dublin police reported these illegal weapons were seized from the storage unit on Aug. 17. / Right: Illegal weapons were also discovered at the business on Aug. 11.

The owner of a knife store in Dublin was arrested on suspicion of multiple illegal weapon crimes and child endangerment, Dublin Police Services said on Friday.

On Aug. 11, Dublin police began investigating Dublin Knives on Dublin Boulevard for distribution of illegal weapons.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for both the business and the residence of its owner, 51-year-old Deepak Chopra of Livermore.

At the business, police allegedly found 2,000 illegal switchblade knives, approximately 40 rifles and handguns, body armor, four cane swords, 245 sets of brass knuckles and various other weapons.

A search of Chopra's residence allegedly uncovered 19 complete rifles of various makes and calibers, 25 assault rifle-style lower receivers, over 50 high-capacity magazines, .30 caliber machine gun parts and an assault rifle-style personally manufactured firearms jig used to manufacture unserialized firearms, or ghost guns.

On Aug. 17, police said they discovered a storage unit in Livermore belonging to Chopra they say contained an excess of 80 additional firearms including 50 rifles, 30 handguns, and a .30 caliber fully-automatic machine gun.

Chopra was booked into jail on suspicion of possession of illegal weapons and child endangerment, along with several additional charges, Dublin police said.

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