Ammon Bundy Asks Remaining Militiamen In Oregon To Go Home

UPDATE: 7:20 p.m. Ammon Bundy, one of the Oregon standoff leaders arrested Tuesday night, asked for the remaining self-styled militiamen to stand down and return home in a statement read by his attorney.

Mike Arnold delivered the statement, in which Bundy instructed everyone to go home and said that “this fight is ours for now in the courts.” The FBI had already instructed those who were still occupying the land on Wednesday to leave.

Bundy also made note of his “beloved friend Lavoy Finnicum,” who was killed when the militia members were arrested on Tuesday.

“We will have more to say later but right now I am asking the federal government to allow the people at the refuge to go home without being prosecuted,” Bundy said in his statement.

Here’s his statement in full from Arnold’s website:

First I want to address my beloved friend Lavoy Finnicum. Lavoy is one of the greatest men and greatest patriots I have ever seen. His love for this country ran deep through the blood he gave yesterday. And I mourn for him and his family. I’m praying for you fervently in every prayer.

We will have more to say later but right now I am asking the federal government to allow the people at the refuge to go home without being prosecuted.

To those remaining at the refuge, I love you. Let us take this fight from here. Please stand down. Go home and hug your families. This fight is ours for now in the courts. Please go home.

Being in the system, we are going to take this opportunity to answer the questions on Art. 1, Section 8, Cause 17 of the United States Constitution regarding rights of statehood and the limits on federal property ownership. Thank you and god bless America.

Bundy and six co-defendants will remain in a Portland jail and are scheduled on Friday at 1:30 p.m. to return for detention hearings in federal court, The Oregonian reported.

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