The man accused of shooting a security guard inside the Family Research Council is being held without bond.
Floyd Lee Corkins II faces charges of assault with intent to kill. If convicted for the assault charge, he could face up to 30 years in prison. The weapons charge has a 10-year maximum sentence.
Police say Corkins had a backpack full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and a box of ammunition when he uttered the words "I don't like your politics" and opened fire.
Corkins parents said he strongly supported gay rights. They reportedly told FBI agents their son "has strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat homosexuals in a fair manner."
Meanwhile, in a news conference Thursday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said those who labeled his organization a hate group share some of the blame for the shooting of building operations manager Leo Johnson, who was also serving as a security guard.
"Floyd Corkins was responsible for firing the shot that wounded our friend. But Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organizations hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy." Perkins told reporters.
The Southern Poverty Law Center called Perkins' comments outrageous.
The organization has called FRC a "hate group" for its anti-gay views. Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the SPLC, said the FRC earned that designation for spreading false propaganda about the gay community.