The debate around guns has not always been the partisan stalemate it is today. But it has, like so many other political issues in the US, always been partly about race.
"The vast majority seemed to hang on to what seemed like hate, and fear, and almost warmongering, and I don't want to associate myself with warmongers."
"Trump and [US Interior Secretary Ryan] Zinke are sending a message that they have their backs."
In the tiny town of Paradise, Montana, rancher Cliven Bundy offered few specifics as to the future of his movement. Instead, he preached his particular form of anti–federal government gospel — and readied his followers for whatever comes next.
Gregory Burleson told an undercover agent he was, "hell bent on killing federal agents that had turned their back on we the people."
Gerald DeLemus, a state co-chair for Trump's veterans coalition, is the first person to receive a prison sentence for participating in the 2014 Nevada standoff.
Armed Standoff Leader Claims He's Been Strip Searched "Hundreds Of Times" In Jail While Awaiting Trial
Ryan Bundy says in a lawsuit that he has been forced to strip down while jail authorities "peer" up into his "rear body cavity hundreds of times."
Two recent policy reversals affecting hotly contested areas of the West come as the Trump administration makes moves to open up the nation's public lands.
A seemingly small rules change in Congress this week will make it easier to sell off federal land — a move that could have significant effects in the West.
The national monuments in Utah and Nevada will encompass more than 1.6 million acres, combined, and may prompt a legislative revolt among some Republican lawmakers.
In the coming months, Trump will have to grapple with a sometimes-violent movement that resists federal authority in the rural West.
Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin wants to transfer control of federal lands back to the states. It's a popular idea in the rural West, one that has prompted protests and, occasionally, violence.
A federal jury cleared the first seven people to face trial in connection with the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge in January.
Ammon Bundy took the stand this week during his trial in Portland, telling a court that he initially didn't plan on taking over a federal wildlife refuge but had an "overwhelming feeling that it was my duty to get involved."
A remote corner of Utah has become ground zero in the fight against the federal government's control of much of the West. Now, lawmakers are launching an effort to break the back of the system that creates national monuments.
William Keebler allegedly tried to set off a pipe bomb at a Bureau of Land Management facility in Arizona.
Hundreds of the rancher's cattle are still grazing on public land in southern Nevada. Conservationists want the cattle seized, saying they are damaging tortoise habitat.
The suit says President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, and others conspired to take Bundy's land. He's seeking $50 million in damages and release from federal custody.
Incumbent Utah Gov. Gary Herbert lost a vote Saturday to challenger Jonathan Johnson, forcing a primary contest in June. The two men have tussled over who would be better to fight the feds over public lands.
An endangered mouse has become the unlikely catalyst of a land battle, one which echoes growing tensions across the West that have led to repeated standoffs and acts of local defiance.
Unreleased video footage reportedly shows an FBI agent bending over, possibly removing the shell casings, from the scene where LaVoy Finicum was killed.
The 16 defendants, including militia leader Ammon Bundy, face up to six years in prison if convicted.
The rancher, his sons, and two other men were charged with 16 felonies including assaulting a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice, and extortion.
Even as the Oregon standoff comes to an end, many in the West remain frustrated with the federal government, and rural sheriffs are among the surprising supporters of those who are fed up.
Bundy was en route to Burns, Oregon, the site of a month-long armed standoff led by his sons, when he was arrested late Wednesday at the Portland airport.
All four remaining holdouts at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge surrendered on Thursday — though one, David Fry, was involved in a tense standoff.
While many in the West disagree with the decision to stage an armed occupation, complaints about government mismanagement of land enjoys widespread support in the rural West.
Ammon Bundy and his militia said Friday that have no immediate intention of leaving the national wildlife refuge they've been occupying for days.
Anti-government protesters occupying federal land in Oregon contend two ranchers are being retaliated against as part of a government land grab.
Note: This post has been updated to reflect that Bundy was named as a plaintiff in the suit by another person.
Mormonism has a long, complicated history of conflict with the federal government, and that history is deeply informing the actions of the militia members and ranchers who took over a government building Saturday.
Since at least November, the Nevada-based Bundy family has been sending emails about the Oregon ranchers facing prison time. The emails express safety concerns, quote scripture, and ultimately call supporters to action.
"These men came to Harney County claiming to be part of militia groups supporting local ranchers, when in reality these men had alternative motives," Harney County Sheriff David Ward said in a statement Sunday.
Ryan and Ammon Bundy, two of the militia occupying a building in Oregon, gave to the elder Paul's presidential campaigns.
This isn't the first time the family has fought with the federal government.
After covering his standoff nonstop earlier this month. MSNBC's coverage was the bizarro world opposite.
"Cliven Bundy is wondering about the black community," says Cliven Bundy.