LAWRENCE, Mass. (WHDH) -
A Lawrence man was arrested on gun charges in connection with an investigation into alleged threats against President Barack Obama.
Stephen Perroti, 28, pleaded not guilty to nine firearms charges Friday during his arraignment in Lawrence District Court.
He has been charged with five counts of possession of a large capacity firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and other weapons charges.
A prosecutor told the judge that the U.S. Secret Service contacted Lawrence police regarding alleged threats made against the president. She said that during a search of Perroti's home Thursday, authorities found an AR-15 assault rifle, three scopes, and 4 high-capacity magazines and ammunition.
Perroti allegedly made threats to kill Obama, "even if it takes a lifetime."
A judge ordered him held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Aug. 8.