Man Who Threatened Calif. Lawmaker Stockpiled Weapons, Cops Say
(NEW YORK) — Unsealed court documents revealed Thursday that a man who allegedly threatened to kill a California state lawmaker had stocked up on plenty of weapons at his Santa Clara home.
State Sen. Leland Yee told authorities earlier this year that he received a threatening email from Everett Basham, claiming that he would assassinate the lawmaker inside or around the state capitol in Sacramento.
Bashman, 45, was apparently upset with Lee’s efforts to enact tougher gun control legislation.
The search warrant now open to the public states that Basham’s personal arsenal included 26 guns, thousands of bullets and dozens of high capacity magazines as well as what was described as a “destructive” device.
Arrested last February, Bashman has pleaded not guilty to a dozen different charges and is being held without bail as he awaits a hearing to decide if he will stand trial.
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