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Man convicted of keeping dozens of illegal weapons in Arroyo Grande home

The man who prosecutors said had 26 illegal weapons at his home in rural Arroyo Grande was found guilty Friday.San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Michael Duffy found Howard Alan Krinsky guilty on all six felony counts of weapons-related crimes. They include possessing and selling machine guns and assault weapons, and possessing two destructive devises — a cannon and tracer ammunition, which are special bullets that ignite upon firing.

Krinsky, 62, shook his head during courtroom proceedings Friday morning and walked out of court with his attorney after Duffy made his ruling. Duffy decided the case because Krinsky waived his right to a jury trial.

Krinsky is scheduled to return to Duffy’s court for sentencing on June 24. Prosecutors said he faces up to eight years and eight months in state prison.

Prosecutors documented 26 illegal weapons they found in Krinsky’s home after serving a search warrant, including semiautomatic and fully automatic rifles.

Before Duffy stated his decision, prosecutor Karen Gray and Krinsky’s attorney, Guy Galambos, wrapped up their closing statements.

“He’s a gun collector,” Galambos said, “not a gun dealer. He didn’t have 50 Glocks or sawed-off shotguns.”

In addition, Galambos said the weapons were unusual or extremely rare.

“He lawfully purchased every weapon but one,” which was given to him, Galambos said. When the law changed in 1989, Krinsky was not notified that he needed to re-register his guns, he said.

When Krinsky took the stand Tuesday, he said that for decades he had collected firearms from the World War II era through the Korean War, and regularly attended gun shows between 1969 and 1985 in Pomona, where he often purchased weapons.

Krinsky estimated his weapons collection to be worth between $250,000 and $400,000. He said he planned to start selling guns at shows in Las Vegas as a retirement investment once he turned 70.

Some of the weapons found on his property in the 500 block of Erhart Road and collected by investigators were owned by Alan Garrison, who was convicted on gun sales charges and is serving a six-year sentence.

Gray said Friday that because of Krinsky’s extensive background with firearms, there was “no way he could exist in that culture and not know about the 1989 assault weapons ban.”

Most concerning, she said, was Krinsky’s attitude of not caring what happened to the weapons.

He “didn’t care in whose hands these (guns) ended up, he just wanted to get top dollars for these weapons,” Gray said. “He was not just some hobbyist.”

Duffy said Krinsky could remain out of custody while waiting for the sentencing date.

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