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Rally Against Possible Land Grab By BLM Taking Place This Weekend

Land owners upset with a possible land grab along the Red River by the Bureau of Land Management are rallying together.
Land owners upset with a possible land grab along the Red River by the Bureau of Land Management are rallying together.

People from across Texas will be showing their support in hopes of showing the federal government that Texas land owners are not going to give up their land without a fight.

The BLM is surveying an estimated 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the river to see if there is land that belongs to them.

Jimmy Smith owns about 140 acres of that and he is worried some of it may be taken by the BLM.

This weekend, he is opening up his land to supporters to rally against the possible federal grab.

"It's very important to have a place everyone to gather like this," Smith says. "People don't realize how many people in the state really are interested in this issue."

Organizers and supporters have traveled from all across Texas to show federal officials they won't stand aside and let them take someone's property away.

Southeast Director of Come & Take It Texas says, "We want to send a very polite message to the BLM that they really need to stay away from Texas property owners."

Also, Supporter Aaron Clemence says, "I do have a major fear of the unknown and one of the biggest problems is you don't know how organizations like the BLM are going to react."

Smith says the family friendly event will allow them to make a huge statement.

"This will give everyone a chance to come together and visit with their fellow neighbors and compare notes and share information and hopefully stay in contact with each other," Smith says. 

"Gathering of the American Patriot Red River Rally" will be held on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at 1525 E. 3rd Street in Burkburnett.

Smith says they are expecting up to 2,000 people. 

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