State senator vows to push gun bill despite threat

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.

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