Guns Seized From Tehama County Man

A Red Bluff man has been sentenced for possessing an impressive array of firearms when he was not supposed to have any. Last September, 63-year-old Gary Wayne Stiles was accused of harassing and threatening a number of people, and a restraining order was issued by a Tehama County judge. Under California law, a person subject to a restraining order is required to surrender their guns until the order is lifted. After getting word that Stiles still had guns, the D.A.’s Office got a search warrant for his home on Vassar Road. They found a survival bunker, a steel room buried ten feet underground where Stiles kept his arms collection. Seven of the semi-automatic rifles found were defined as illegal assault weapons in California. Investigators also found 53 other rifles, pistols and shotguns, along with more than 50,000 rounds of ammunition and more than 50 high capacity magazines and drum magazines that could hold 30 and 75 rounds. Stiles wasn’t home at the time. He was found in Red Bluff, interviewed and booked into jail on a half-million dollars bail. After pleading to 3 counts of felony possession of assault weapons, Stiles has been sentenced to 12 months in prison with credit for time served, followed by 4 months of mandatory supervision.