AG Lynch: 'We Have Concerns' About People 'Who Have Large Stockpiles of Weapons'

By Susan Jones | December 7, 2015 | 5:57am EST
This photo provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department shows the weapons carried by suspects at the scene of a shootout in San Bernardino, Calif. (San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department via AP)

( - "[D]ealing with guns is one way to handle the violent crime issues that we have in this country," Attorney General Loretta Lynch told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

She also said "people come on the FBI's radar screen for a variety of reasons," and the accumulation of guns and bullets may be one of those reasons:

"You know, obviously we have concerns whenever we see people who have large stockpiles of weapons or appear to be in the process of accumulating weapons and ammunition. At this point, we do not have any evidence that they (Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik) were part of either a larger group or cell or that they were planning anything else. That's at this time.

"What I will say is, again, we are continuing to run everything to ground we can about these two individuals."

According to the FBI, Farook and Malik used the two semi-automatic rifles (purchased legally by a friend) and two handguns (purchased legally by Farook) -- to kill 14 people at holiday gathering of the San Bernardino County Health Department last Wednesday.

Police say the couple had more than 1,600 bullets with them when they were gunned down in their SUV. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told a news conference last week that the shooters had more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition at their home, along with 12 pipe bombs and hundreds of tools that could be used to make improvised explosive devices.

"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd asked Lynch on Sunday, "Is this a time for a gun control conversation?"

"We're in the middle of that conversation. We always are," Lynch responded. "When we have the incidents that we have seen, we're talking about this terrible San Bernardino shooting now. A week ago we were talking about Planned Parenthood in Colorado and there are dozens and dozens of families --"

Todd interrupted, asking Lynch if it's a "gun problem or a violence problem."

"I think we have a number of issues here," Lynch said. "And I think that dealing with guns is one way to handle the violent crime issues that we have in this country."

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