SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – State Sen. Leland Yee said Thursday that a death threat against him that led to the arrest of a Santa Clara County man will not deter him from moving forward with gun control proposals in the Legislature.
At a news conference at the State Building in San Francisco Thursday morning, Yee said the incident “only further demonstrates the need to address this particular problem.”
Yee joined other state senators last week to propose a package of bills aimed at reducing gun violence in California.
A bill introduced by Yee would require assault weapons to have a 10-round limit and to only have fixed magazines that must be reloaded one-by-one from the top of the weapon.
The California Highway Patrol gave more information Thursday about Everett Basham, 45, the man arrested Tuesday on suspicion of making the threat against Yee.
Yee received the threat by email about four weeks ago, and investigators eventually tracked it to Basham and served a search warrant at his home in Santa Clara on Tuesday, according to Scott MacGregor, chief of the CHP’s Protective Services Division.
Inside the home, located at 3131 Humboldt Ave., authorities found explosive materials and multiple firearms, MacGregor said.
Basham was arrested in Sunnyvale and remained in custody on suspicion of threatening a public official and various crimes related to the explosives and firearms, MacGregor said.