Ammon Bundy

Ammon Bundy

Ammon Bundy, an Emmett resident who was involved in the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was in the news again recently when he failed a background check when trying to buy a gun. The FBI later reversed its decision.

EMMETT — Ammon Bundy, who led an armed standoff with the federal government in an Oregon wildlife refuge, took to Facebook last weekend. He said he failed a background check to buy a firearm — and then things took a turn.

Bundy was acquitted of federal charges over standoffs with the federal government at a family ranch in Nevada and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. It’s unclear why he failed the background check. A few days later, Bundy told his Facebook followers he got a call from D&B Supply in Emmett, Idaho, where he tried to buy the gun.

The manager said the FBI had reversed its decision on the background check.

“He was informing me that we could go ahead and purchase the gun,” Bundy said.

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But the story doesn’t end there. Again, according to Bundy’s Facebook page, he said he went back to the store to get the gun. There, he was told he’d need to sign a final form, “saying that I agreed to (the background check), saying that I agreed to the process, and haven’t committed any crime or anything since the last time I was in,” he said.

Instead of signing his name, he wrote “in protest” because he said he didn’t agree with process.

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This story comes from the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration of the public media stations Boise State Public Radio, Wyoming Public Media, KUER in Salt Lake City, KUNR in Nevada and KRCC and KUNC in Colorado.

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