Three North Carolina men were arrested for preparing for what they believed to be an imminent government takeover.
Walter Eugene Litteral, 50, Christopher James Barker, 41, and Christopher Todd Campbell, 30, were prepping for martial law and had stockpiled “military-style” firearms and .338-caliber ammunition, pipe bombs, reconstructed dummy grenades, handheld radios with throat microphones, body armor and balaclava masks.
The Department of Justice said the men were arrested Saturday for violating federal firearms and explosives laws. They appeared in federal court Monday.
The men were charged with conspiring to violate federal laws governing firearms and explosive devices and related charges and face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Additionally Campbell was charged with receiving, possessing, and making a firearm and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine on that charge.
But Litteral may find himself in even more trouble than the other two men as he made multiple straw purchases for Barker, who was unable buy or possess firearms due to his prior felony convictions.
Litteral, Barker, and Campbell remain in custody and are scheduled for a hearing this Thursday.
(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)