Daniel Boyd along with seven others have been charged with plotting to murder, kidnap, maim, and injure persons in a foreign country. One of the eight men remains at large and is believed to be in Pakistan. Boyd has been labeled the ring leader of the group.
The younger Boyd told the FBI that Muslim practice says men should be strong and able to shoot guns in case they are attacked.
He estimated that the family had about 10 weapons, including two that his father had agreed to sell the day they were arrested. He said he didn't know who bought the guns.
The FBI has said that it seized some two dozen weapons from the Boyd household and that a pit had been dug under their back deck to be used to store the guns.
They also seized more than 27,000 rounds of ammunition, along with $14,000 in cash.
In an interview with agents, Dylan Boyd claimed that the U.S. Army was overseas raping and killing "their" Muslim sisters and repeatedly called the FBI agents questioning him "kuffar" -meaning nonbelievers. He also said the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were an "inside job."
The seven men who have been arrested are being held under no bond in Virginia pending trial.