Federal Judge Sally Berens countered that prosecutors are anxious about the guns even if they are legally owned because the alleged "purpose of the possession of those firearms was illegal".
FOX 17 also posted alleged screenshots of convos between the men that investigators say detail their plans in great depth, which encompassed stakeouts, reconnaissance, entry and escape routes and general chatter about their hatred of the Gov. and her COVID policies.
The men faced a preliminary hearing Friday in Grand Rapids to determine if there's enough evidence to move forward with the case. Berens on Tuesday denied bond for three other men charged in the case, saying Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta repeatedly participated in discussions about abducting Whitmer.
Wisconsin man Brian Higgins was charged Thursday in the state case with material assistance of an act of terrorism.
A sixth man Brian Croft is also charged in the case and awaiting transfer from DE to MI.
"Wolverine Watchmen members together with another group led by Adam Fox, the 'Michigan III%ers, ' engaged in planning and training for various acts of violence, including kidnapping politicians and storming the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing", Michigan State Police Det.
The county district attorney's office said it wasn't known when he would appear in court there.
During a weekend trip to land owned by Garbin in Luther between September 12 and September 13, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says the group, including a "Wisconsin man", split up into three cars and performed a nighttime surveillance mission at and near Whitmer's vacation home where they discussed detonating a highway overpass to slow down any potential police response.
"The fact that [the plan] was likely to be unsuccessful or hard to accomplish" isn't relevant, she said.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told ABC News Wednesday that additional people have been charged on a state level in connection to a kidnapping plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
"If this whole thing, you know, starts to happen, I'm telling you what, dude, I'm taking out as many of those motherfuckers as I can", Brandon Caserta, a 32-year-old man from Canton, says in one video.
MI has been a hot spot for disagreements over shutdowns and other restrictions Whitmer ordered to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus - actions that allegedly sparked the plot against her. Bellar had the role of "Sergeant", based on his expertise in firearms and medical training and ability to design tactical exercises, the affidavit states.