A militia just took over a federal building in Oregon. Exactly how many militia members there are in the building is unknown, but three of the members are sons of now-famous Nevada rancher, Cliven Bundy.
They are occupying the headquarters building at the Malhuer National Wildlife Building to keep local ranchers our of prison. The building is 50 miles outside of Burns, Oregon. The militia is reportedly heavily armed.…
The militia members are upset that 2 ranchers, Dwight and Steve Hammond, were charged under anti-terrorism laws. The Hammonds were set to report to prison on arson convictions stemming from incidents in 2001 and 2006 involving controlled burns that spread to federal land.
Mr. Bundy said he and other militants, who reportedly include two of his brothers, decided to take over the headquarters after what he described as efforts by the wildlife refuge to push out the Hammonds.
“This refuge right here is rightfully owned by the people,” Mr. Ammon said. “The [Hammond] ranch is adjacent to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge … They have refused for nearly 40 years to sell their ranch, and there have been very vindictive behaviors because they refused, and there have been intimidations and the list goes on.”
As to how long the group planned to occupy the building, he said, “as long as is necessary,” which he added could be years.
The militia believe the Hammonds were illegally prosecuted because they claim the federal government does not have authority at the county level.
According to the Washington Examiner, Ammon Bundy said “This facility has been the tool to do all the tyranny that has been placed upon the Hammonds.”
Cliven Bundy gained national popularity among patriots who rejected the growing overreach of Barack Obama’s federal government. He dug his heels in during an armed standoff with federal officials from the Bureau of Land Management.
Early Saturday, the Bundy family and 300 protesters marched through Burns before taking over the federal refuge.
Ammon Bundy has not yet used any violence. But he said say he will not rule it out if law enforcement officials try to intervene.
“We’re not putting anybody at risk right now. We’re not endangering anybody, we’re not harming anybody. So if they did, it would be simply over a building that they would come in and kill,” Ammon Bundy, spokesman for the occupying group, said at a press conference Sunday outside the compound.
H/T: The Washington Times