GREENVILLE, S.C. — The owner of a gun and ammunition supply company pleaded innocent in federal court Wednesday to undisclosed weapons charges that had linked him to the Branch Davidian cult.
Gordon T. Davis, owner of Shooters Equipment Co., a mail-order business, and his wife, Sandra, were charged under a sealed indictment, said Assistant U.S. Attorney David Stephens.
Mrs. Davis also pleaded innocent at the federal arraignment hearing in Greenville. Stephens would not reveal the nature of the charges or the names of any other possible suspects. The Davises had surrendered to authorities and were freed Wednesday on their own recognizance.
The indictments were sealed because others were named and might flee, an official said. They will be unsealed after other suspects are arrested, the Anderson Independent-Mail reported.
Earlier this month, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms issued a search warrant for Shooters Equipment Co. Officials said it was part of an ongoing investigation of the Branch Davidians.
The company’s attorney, Scott McLarty, said he thought investigators were trying to get some idea of the Waco compound’s inventory. He said the business was operated legally.