James Wesley Howell, 20, of Indiana, appears in Superior Court in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Howell faces felony weapons charges after authorities say they found assault rifles and explosive chemicals in his car in Santa Monica, Calif., on June 12, before a major Los Angeles gay pride parade. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Police: Man had gun rigged for fast firing, explosives ready

An Indiana man who said he was headed to a gay pride event in California had a loaded assault rifle with magazines rigged to allow 60 shots to be fired in quick succession, plus 15 pounds of chemicals mixed and ready to explode, authorities said.

James W. Howell , 20, Indiana was arrested around 5 a.m.  in Santa Monica . (Photo Courtesy: Santa Monica Police Department)

Man charged in weapons case faces assault probe

An Indiana man charged in California with possessing an assault weapon and explosives before a major gay pride parade is also the subject of a sexual assault investigation.