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Revealed: Oregon militant was convicted of murdering father — but says he can legally carry a gun

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Neil Sigurd Wampler, one of the militants who joined the armed occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge early on, insisted that he is allowed to carry a firearm — even though he was convicted of murdering his father.

An investigation by The Oregonian revealed this week that Wampler, 68, had been convicted of second-degree murder in 1977, when he was 29.

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According to police reports, Wampler hit his father in the head with a 16-inch rod, and then hitchhiked to a liquor store, where he called police to confess. He later pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was released in 1981.

Although Wampler denied to the paper that he was the murderer, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Tony Cipolla confirmed that the militant in question was Wampler after watching a YouTube video recorded at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Cipolla noted that Wampler’s murder conviction prohibits him from having a firearm. Wampler, however, insisted that he could legally carry a gun.

“Oh yes,” Wampler said after being asked if he was armed. He declined to say exactly what type of weapon he was carrying.

“I am here to support my compadres in this effort against federal overreach,” Wampler explains in a YouTube video published earlier this month.

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The militant argues that the occupiers have “pretty much exhausted” all the legal means of stopping the federal government.

“As the old saying goes, you have the ballot box, you have the jury box, you have the soapbox,” he opines. “And box number four is guess what? The peaceful means we are proceeding here, I would like to point out though.”

“I’ve had some experience both at Bundy ranch and Sugar Pine mine and other armed actions in the last couple years,” Wampler says. “We are peaceful people, I certainly am. And the only circumstance, the last extremity that I think that any gunshots would be fired is if the federals tried to root us out of here.”

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“They would find out then that we are not playing. We’re not going to give an inch. And I say that very seriously.”

Two leaders of the occupation, Ammon Bundy and Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, have both denied knowing Wampler or being aware of his criminal past.

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Watch the video below from YouTube.


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Fox & Friends hosts visibly deflated after Andrew Napolitano destroys their hope for a quick impeachment trial

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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano deflated the hosts of "Fox & Friends" by poking holes in their impeachment defense of President Donald Trump.

Co-host Steve Doocy argued that Trump's conversations with former national security adviser John Bolton and other White House officials were protected by executive privilege, but Napolitano pointed out that wasn't necessarily so.

"If John came here as he used to, and started spilling the beans, that would violate the privilege," Napolitano said of Bolton, a former Fox News guest. "But it would be perfectly lawful and he would be able to do it. If he did it in a press conference it would be lawful and he could do it. The question is, can he do it under oath in the well of the Senate? That's where the authority is divided."

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"Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday took a flamethrower to former Whitewater special prosecutor Ken Starr after he delivered a solemn lecture during President Donald Trump's Senate trial about American lawmakers impeaching presidents too frequently.

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Rick Wilson buries Pam Bondi for ‘laughable and shallow’ impeachment defense designed to dazzle Trump

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Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Republican campaign consultant Rick Wilson leveled former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for her defense of Donald Trump on Monday -- which turned into a diatribe against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Speaking with host Willie Geist, Wilson also brought up accusations os political corruption against Bondi who dropped a Florida state lawsuit against Trump before he became president after a PAC associated with her received a substantial political donation.

"This is also one of the great master fantasies of the Trump campaign, make Hunter Biden a major issue in the 2020 election and Pam Bondi played to one audience. and that was Fox and Trump that's all they cared about," he explained. "That's all they were trying to accomplish, and, look, she goes way back with Donald Trump; left office under a cloud when she left the office of attorney general in Florida, because she had taken basically a $25,000 bribe from Donald Trump about Trump University and drop the lawsuit in Florida."

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