Syed Amen claimed trial.
The court had fixed Feb 17 for mention. The offence, under Section 509 of the Penal Code, carries a jail term of up to five years, a fine or both.
Syed Amen had previously said that he made six police reports after he found a gun in his car in July 2012 and after receiving several death threats.
He claimed that a gang had threatened him on two occasions after the gun incident.
It was also reported that one of his cars was torched in November 2014 at his car wash outlet in Aratoon Road here after he received an arson threat via telephone.
He claimed that it was the work of drug dealers who he had warned when they tried to use the place as a transit point.
Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zakaria Ahmad told reporters at the scene that the gunman had also fired a shot at two Rela personnel guarding the superbike shop but missed.
He said it was still too early to establish the motive for the murder.
Penang police chief Comm Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Hanafi said police would look at the CCTV footage at the scene.GEORGE TOWN: The businessman caught on video hurling profanities at a Road Transport Department (JPJ) branch office two months ago has been gunned down in a hail of bullets.
Syed Amen Jainul Abdin (pic), 46, was shot at point-blank range in Datuk Keramat Road near Komtar at 3.30am yesterday.
One of two men tailing him on a motorcycle got off the machine and fired six shots at him.
Syed Amen, who owned three car wash outlets and ran a nasi kandar restaurant, was driving a Mercedes-Benz at the time but he pulled over in front of a superbike shop once he realised that he was being followed.
Five shots hit him - two in the head, two in the chest and one in the arm - killing him on the spot.
Syed Amen created a stir at the Batu Uban JPJ branch on Nov 26 last year when he could not renew the road tax of several vehicles.
He allegedly swore at a JPJ officer and accused the department of corruption besides claiming that his life was in danger.
He was charged at a magistrate's court here on Dec 31 with outraging the modesty of the officer by uttering profanities and also saying "You all semua makan rasuah" (All of you take bribes) outside the lobby of the JPJ branch.