SANTA CLARA (CBS / AP) — A Santa Clara man pleaded not guilty Thursday to possessing assault rifles, explosives and bomb-making materials and to threatening a public official in a dispute over gun control.
Everett Basham was denied bail at a hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court, though his attorney told The Associated Press he plans to appeal the decision.
The 45-year-old was arrested last week after the California Highway Patrol tracked a death threat emailed to state Sen. Leland Yee. The email objected to the San Francisco Democrat’s proposal to limit the rapid reloading of assault rifles.
Basham’s attorney, Dan Barton, said his client pleaded not guilty to a dozen charges. They include illegally possessing assault weapons, a handgun, destructive devices, bomb-making materials and a fake driver’s license. He also is charged with making criminal threats.