State senator vows to push gun bill despite threat |

State senator vows to push gun bill despite threat

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, second from left, glances to a pair of semi-automatic rifles as he discusses a package of proposed gun control legislation at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Senate Democrats unveiled a package of 10 proposed laws designed to close loopholes in existing gun regulations, keep firearms and ammunition out of the hands of dangerous person and strengthen education relating to firearms and gun ownership. Also seen are Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, third from left, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, second from right. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California lawmakers have introduced or plan to introduce a litany bills seeking further restrictions on guns and ammunition this year. Click HERE to see them.

SAN FRANCISCO — A state senator said Thursday that a man threatened to kill him unless he stopped pushing legislation to ban devices that allow swift reloading of military-style assault weapons.

Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, a strong advocate of gun control, said he received an email four weeks ago from someone claiming to be a sniper and vowing to assassinate him in the Capitol if he didn’t drop his efforts.

“His email detailed in a rather specific way certain weapons he possessed and exactly how he was going to kill me,” Yee said at a news conference.

Yee said he turned over the email to security personnel at the Senate, who called the California Highway Patrol.

On Tuesday, federal and state officials raided two homes in Santa Clara County and arrested Everett Basham, 45. Authorities said they seized bomb-making material and weapons from one of the homes.

Basham has been charged with threatening a public official. It was unclear if he has an attorney.

Scott MacGregor, CHP chief of protective services, said he considered the threat to be credible and noted that dangerous, explosive chemicals were found during the search of the two homes connected to Basham. No further arrests were expected, MacGregor said.

Yee has received several racist threats before but nothing as detailed as the latest email, he said.

Yee said he has no intention of dropping or altering the bill he introduced related to guns.

“Neither this threat or any other threats is going to deter me from addressing the critical issues surrounding gun violence, Yee said. “This case is a rather troubling one, and only further demonstrates the need to address this particular problem.”

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