Armed border militia confronts conservationists counting bats

Authorities say, apparently, a group of heavily-armed border militia members mistook conservationists researching bats for illegal immigrants or smugglers.

Sheriff Estrada says Santa Cruz County does not welcome border militia groups.

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A wrongful imprisonment civil lawsuit would be just what the doctor ordered? No? But the news that these wannabe “soldiers’ detected a group of conservationists researching bats and mistook them for illegal immigrants or smugglers is just hilarious enough.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada told TNN that the militia men — who are civilian volunteers and not actual federal border patrol agents — were riding ATVs, wearing camouflage and brandishing weapons when they came upon the group of scientists.

2 thoughts on “Armed border militia confronts conservationists counting bats

  1. “just hilarious enough”??
    Mmmm … no.

    Armed idiot “vigilantes” wandering the desert aren’t even “faintly amusing” if you live here. They increase the danger level for everyone, while accomplishing pretty much nothing useful. Fortunately, there’s very little of that nonsense where I live, but I still worry more about them than I do about the smugglers (who generally try to avoid contact with locals as much as possible).

    Oh, and the article you linked to doesn’t have Estrada saying that they were “brandishing weapons”: if they were, he probably would’ve arrested them. AZ is way too lax (IMO) about carrying (and I say that as one who supposedly “benefits” from being able carry concealed now without getting a CCW), but if you draw, it’s a felony unless you can convince a jury you had a damned good reason.

  2. Oh, and the article you linked to doesn’t have Estrada saying that they were “brandishing weapons”: if they were, he probably would’ve arrested them.

    Yes, I realize this. So what can be done here.

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