8 Oregon occupiers will not face firearm charge

Ammon Bundy, center, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, walks off after speaking with reporters during a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, near Burns, Ore. Bundy, who was involved in a 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights told reporters on Monday that two local ranchers who face long prison sentences for setting fire to land have been treated unfairly. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A federal judge has tossed a charge of using and carrying a firearm in the course of a crime of violence for eight people involved in the occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that David Fry’s defense lawyer Per C. Olson argued that the charge be dismissed for his client and seven others, including Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight said in a hearing that the charge would be a “close call’ for the court.

Olson said the men are now less exposed to possible prison time if they are convicted on the remaining charges.

There is no minimum prison sentence for convictions of conspiracy to impede federal officers and firearms possession in a federal facility.

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