Jerry Delemus

Josh Rogers, NHPR

A New Hampshire man has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Las Vegas to criminal charges stemming from an armed confrontation that stopped government agents from rounding up cows near Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy's ranch two years ago.

Josh Rogers, NHPR

Federal Magistrate Andrea Johnstone heard from prosecutors, who argued that Jerry DeLemus brought a 50 caliber sniper rifle to Nevada, took part in armed patrols and wrote on Facebook that he would die to defend the Bundys.  

Johnstone also heard from DeLemus’s defense lawyer, who called him “law abiding,”  “peaceful” and no flight risk.

Several witnesses testified as well. GOP state lawmakers Warren Groen and David Bates told the court DeLemus is a man of his word, a devout Christian, a  “patriot” and a ‘peacemaker.”

Josh Rogers, NHPR

Several hundred gun rights supporters, some carrying rifles and pistols, rallied Thursday outside the State House.

Rally organizers were collecting signatures for a petition telling Governor Hassan and New Hampshire  lawmakers to nullify federal gun control laws.

The petition is blunt: it says N.H. public officials are “duty bound” to declare void all federal gun limits that don’t comport with the constitution. Jerry Delemus organized the rally and leads the Rocheter 9/12 group.