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Man who threatened Boston Globe employees had serious firepower -- here's what the FBI found

Authorities found 20 guns at the home of California man who threatened to shoot Boston Globe employees. Chain was released Thursday on $50,000 bail, with the stipulation that he stays away from the Boston Globe offices. (ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Authorities seized nearly two dozen guns from the home of the man who threatened to shoot Boston Globe employees over the paper's attacks on President Donald Trump, according to The Associated Press.

Robert Chain, a 68-year-old California man who was arrested Thursday for the threats, made 14 calls to the Globe in August, calling the journalists the "enemy of the people" and threatening to shoot them on the day dozens of papers published coordinated anti-Trump editorials.

Prosecutor Matt Rosenbaum said they don't know whether the guns were obtained legally, nor was there any solid indication that Chain was actually intending to travel to Boston and follow through with his threat.

Chain's assortment of guns included handguns and rifles, as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Chain was released Thursday on $50,000 bail, with the stipulation that he stays away from the Boston Globe offices and any other media organization. He faces one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce.

Despite the frightening situation, a Boston Globe spokesperson said the journalists aren't letting the threats change the way they do business.

"While it was unsettling for many of our staffers to be threatened in such a way, nobody — really, nobody — let it get in the way of the important work of this institution," she told CBS News via email.

Even though Chain was across the country and possibly was never going to harm anyone, threats of that nature carry more weight so soon after a gunman killed five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland in June. That gunman sent threatening letters before he carried out his attack.

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