Accused Austin mass shooting planner charged for having guns

Steven Boehle (Austin Police Department Photo)
Steven Boehle (Austin Police Department Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who authorities said showed signs of supporting a “sovereign citizen extremist ideology” has been formally charged for having guns when he shouldn’t have.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment against Steven Boehle, 50, Tuesday after he was found to have three semi-automatic pistols and an “unlawful user” of a controlled substance on April 12.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had previously received information that Boehle had been planning a mass shooting. While executing a search warrant during a drug investigation, authorities found the guns and over one thousand rounds of ammunition. Ten additional rifles and shotguns were found April 14 during a search on a storage unit that Boehle was leasing.

Boehle was given a $10,000 bond at a hearing on Monday but remains in custody while a judge reviews his release order. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted.

Additional details about Boehle’s connection to a mass shooting plan have not been released but authorities said he attempted to buy a gun multiple times in the Austin area but was denied because of his criminal history. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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