Congressman Steven Horsford

Representing the 4th District of Nevada

Horsford Urges Sheriff Gillespie To Investigate Armed Militia Presence In Bunkerville

Apr 28, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) sent a letter to Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie urging that he take action and respond to constituent concerns about the out-of-state armed militia presence in Bunkerville and the surrounding area.

“I am greatly concerned about the safety and well-being of my constituents after meeting with local community members this past week,” Horsford said. “I urge Sheriff Gillespie to investigate these reports, as this sort of intimidation cannot be tolerated.”

Rep. Horsford has met with local leaders and residents in order to peacefully resolve the ongoing situation that has arisen since the BLM halted its actions to impound the cattle of Cliven Bundy earlier this month.

“We must respect individual constitutional liberties, but residents of and visitors to Clark County should not be expected to live under the persistent watch of an armed militia,” the letter reads. “Residents have expressed their desire to see these groups leave their community…I urge you to investigate these reports and to work with local leaders to ensure that their concerns are addressed in a manner that allows the community move forward without incident.”

Horsford’s office has made contact with appropriate federal agencies to inform them of the public safety concerns and has asked these agencies to stay abreast of the situation and to work with the local sheriff to resolve the issue expeditiously.

Below is the full text of the letter:

April 27, 2014

Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie  
Clark County Sheriff’s Department
400 S. Martin L. BLVD
Las Vegas, NV 89106

Dear Sheriff Gillespie,

I am writing to bring your attention to the ongoing situation in northeastern Clark County which has caused many of my constituents to fear for their safety.

Residents of Bunkerville and the surrounding area have expressed concern over the continual presence of multiple out-of-state, armed militia groups that have remained in the community since the BLM halted its actions to impound the cattle of Cliven Bundy earlier this month.

My constituents have expressed concern that members of these armed militia groups:

1.    Have set up checkpoints where residents are required to prove they live in the area before being allowed to pass;
2.    Have established a persistent presence along federal highways and state and county roads; and
3.    Have established an armed presence in or around community areas including local churches, school, and other community locations.

We must respect individual constitutional liberties, but the residents of and visitors to Clark County should not be expected to live under the persistent watch of an armed militia. Their continual presence has made residents feel unsafe and maligned a quiet community’s peaceful reputation.

Residents have expressed their desire to see these groups leave their community. I appreciate the responsiveness and accessibility you and your office have provided during this difficult time for those directly impacted by the situation. I urge you to investigate these reports and to work with local leaders to ensure that their concerns are addressed in a manner that allows the community to move forward without incident.

Sincerely,

Steven Horsford
Member of Congress

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