Feds: Evidence of firearms training during refuge standoff

Feds: Evidence of firearms training during refuge standoff
Posted at 12:16 PM, Jun 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-11 14:16:17-04

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Federal officials in a new complaint say they found evidence at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that occupiers left evidence of firearms training near a boat launch.

The complaint says agents discovered about 1,685 spent shell casings in that area of the refuge after a 41-day armed occupation led by Ammon Bundy that included more than two dozen others.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the government is seeking the civil forfeiture of 50 guns and caches of ammunition seized by federal agents in a search of the refuge after the occupation and from the cars and homes of defendants in the case.

Notices will go to owners of the weapons, who have the right to challenge the forfeitures.

The FBI says the guns were used in the alleged conspiracy to intimidate and impede 16 federal refuge employees from working.