Santa Clara man denies threatening state senator

7:55 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Santa Clara man has pleaded not guilty to possessing assault weapons, 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 Thursday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

The 45-year-old was arrested last week after the California Highway Patrol tracked a death threat emailed to state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco. The e-mail objected to the San Francisco Democrat's proposal to limit the rapid reloading of assault weapons.

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.

The Associated Press

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