The Latest: Bundy says sheriff has land authority, not feds
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the dismissal of federal charges against the Nevada rancher accused of leading an armed standoff against U.S. land management agents (all times local):
The Nevada rancher and states’ rights figure who was freed after federal charges were dismissed in an armed standoff with government agents says the county sheriff and the governor are the only authorities he recognizes.
Cliven Bundy went to Las Vegas police headquarters on Wednesday to tell reporters the federal government has no jurisdiction in the Gold Butte area near his ranch, even though it was named a national monument during the 20 months he was in jail.
Bundy says he’s protecting his rights, and people should protect their rights, too.
He says he expects Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo to protect his life, liberty and property if the federal government comes again for his cattle.
Bundy says it doesn’t matter that President Donald Trump replaced Barack Obama while Bundy was in jail because he believes the U.S. government has no land-owning authority in the states.
The Nevada rancher who had his charges dismissed in a 2014 armed standoff with government agents is insisting that it’s up to the states, not the federal officials, how to manage vast expanses of rangeland in the U.S. West.
Some watching Cliven Bundy’s case think he’ll find more support from President Donald Trump than he did under former President Barack Obama, who was in power when the standoff occurred.
But Bundy said Tuesday that it doesn’t matter because he believes the U.S. government has no land-owning authority in the states.
Ian Bartrum, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas, law professor who has been writing about the Bundy case and federal land policy, said it seems like “a good moment for the Bundys to find a receptive ear in the White House, federal agencies and, perhaps, Congress.”