A federal judge denied bail to a man the government claims wanted to buy missiles, rocket launchers and other weapons to send to terrorists in Iraq, Syria and Jordan, according to a media report.
US Magistrate Judge Lawrence O'Neill denied Lebanese immigrant Talal "Ted" Ali Chammout's bail request, saying that "the discussion we have now is in the terrorist category," The Fresno Bee reported.
Chammout, 47, shook his head as allegations were made against him, the paper reported.
The US citizen, who owns an area convenience store and has a previous felony conviction for assault, was arrested on Dec. 7 on suspicion of violating a law that prohibits felons from possessing firearms shipped through interstate commerce. In a search of Chammout's business, FBI agents found about 40 firearms, including an AK-47 assault rifle.