Feds Arrest Preppers For Stockpiling Weapons, Readying For Martial Law

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)

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • loupgarous July 11, 2016, 6:24 pm

    Clickbait much? They were arrested for making bombs and reactivating grenades.

    When you run a headline that implies these guys weren’t actually breaking the law, that’s playing with the readers’ emotions.

  • oldfuzz695 August 10, 2015, 4:25 pm

    If this country keeps going in the path we have seen for the last 20 years, we will all be prepping, and don’t forget the food. “He who has the most ammo and food wins in the next “ONE”!”

  • chas August 10, 2015, 10:39 am

    “Campbell was charged with receiving, possessing, and making a firearm”
    Unless he was a “prohibited person”, what law did any of that break? It says that Barker was prohibited, but not Campbell.

    • loupgarous July 11, 2016, 6:49 pm

      Perhaps the original article writer was tripped up on the BATFE’s use of the term “firearm,” which can, depending on which regulation you’re reading, mean one of the firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act which require tax stamps and/or special paperwork to make, buy and own.

    • loupgarous July 11, 2016, 6:55 pm

      And, as it turned out, the person charged on that count WAS a convicted felon, i.e., a “prohibited person” under GCA ’68 and Volkmer-McClure ’86.

  • Terry August 10, 2015, 10:38 am

    Preppers? You mean the three paranoid idiot criminals that star in this story?

  • Jay August 10, 2015, 9:33 am

    There are no laws against prepping and stockpiling unless something has changed. One of these guys was a felon and that’s where thier troubles start. You can have the ingredients to make some types of explosive but they better not be pre made to go boom! Until SHTF felons can’t posses firearms etc…. after that it’s anybodys game!

    • loupgarous July 11, 2016, 6:56 pm

      If that weren’t the case, any farmer using diesel-powered tractors to spread ammonium nitrate fertilizer is in trouble. Just sayin’.

  • fred August 10, 2015, 3:52 am

    Who’d they hurt?

  • Thang Nguyen August 5, 2015, 8:22 pm

    Do not need to imprison them and wasting tax money’s to provide them shelters and foods while cutting elsewhere. Just post their pictures and put them in the black list to all arms dealers around the country to forbid to sell them ammunitions AND CONFISCATE all ammunition that they already had or bought. Let’s see what do they do with guns without bullets. and hopefully they can eat it instead of food. And can’t wait to see how long they will keep going without ammunitions.

  • James M. August 5, 2015, 2:43 pm

    The title is very misleading. This apparently happened close to where I live. And I’ve always said that Bubba ain’t got no reason playin in the shed with bombs. Or HEY YA’LL WATCH THIS = DEAD. And for the comments I do understand a double negative.

  • Aaron August 5, 2015, 10:32 am

    They were NOT arrested for prepping.

    They built bombs.

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