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Family: Stun Gun Used on Rancher's Son in Cattle Roundup

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Federal police used a stun gun on a son of a Nevada rancher fighting a roundup of cattle that he claims have historical grazing rights northeast of Las Vegas.
 
Family members told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/1qvDREf ) that rancher Cliven Bundy's 57-year-old sister also was knocked to the ground during a Wednesday confrontation involving dozens of protesters and several U.S. Bureau of Land Management rangers.
 
No serious injuries were reported and officials said no arrests were made.
 
A hand-held video shows protesters and law enforcement officers holding yellow stun guns and leashed dogs yelling at each other as trucks involved in the roundup attempt to drive through on State Route 170.
 
The BLM has shut down a 1,200-square-mile area while contractors gather about 900 cattle that officials say are trespassing. Officials say Bundy is illegally running his cattle in a federally protected tortoise habitat and has not paid grazing fees since the early 90's, but the rancher says his family has been working the land for more than a century and accuses the BLM of stealing his cows.

Governor Brian Sandoval says his office has received a number of complaints over the issue, saying in a statement -- in part "no cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists...nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans."

Senator Dean Heller has told the newly appointed BLM chief that law-abiding Nevadans should not be penalized by an "overreaching" agency.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

On Thursday, April 10th, Governor Brian Sandoval released this statement:

Governor Brian Sandoval today issued the following statement regarding the Bureau of Land Management's roundup and reports of organized protests against it:

"Earlier this week, I advised the BLM not to limit or hinder the constitutional rights of Nevadans and be mindful of its conduct.  The ability to speak out against government actions is one of the freedoms we all cherish as Americans.  Today I am asking all individuals who are near the situation to act with restraint.  Although tensions remain high, escalation of current events could have negative, long lasting consequences that can be avoided."

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