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Militias Eye Election for Possibility of Violence

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Members of the West Ohio Minutemen Militia exercise their open carry rights near Public Square during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. (Rex Features via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 10:41 AM

U.S. militia groups are preparing for the possibility of violence as the 2016 presidential election nears.

In Georgia, members of the Three Percent Security Force have been undergoing rifle practice and hand-to-hand combat training in the event that the election results spark violence, Reuters reported. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said the election may be "rigged."

“We need to be prepared for all situations,” said Chris Hill, a paralegal who founded the Three Percent Security Force in 2014 and goes by the code name “Bloodagent,” Salon noted. “But in this election, you know, I think if Hillary Clinton wins this election, I think there’s gonna be unrest from the right. I think that if Donald Trump wins the election, there’s going to be unrest from the left.”

“I think if Hillary Clinton wins, she’s going to push for anti-gun legislation,” Hill added. “We’re prepared to do everything to prevent an infringement upon our Second Amendment right.”

Another militia group, the Oath Keepers, has called on members to monitor polling sites for signs of fraud, according to Reuters. The number of active militias has risen to 276 militias last year, up from 42 in 2008, Reuters reported, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The issue of gun rights is important for militia groups, who fear a Clinton presidency would take their guns away.

The Three Percent Security Force — a 300-member group — has supported Trump throughout his campaign, approving of his plans to deport illegal immigrants and build a wall along the Mexico border, Salon noted.

“I can’t take a Hillary Clinton presidency,” Hill said, according to Personal Liberty. “I’m gonna do everything in my power to try to rally people, and if the people want to stand and the people want to have their voices heard, I think that’s a First Amendment right and I want to be there with the Second Amendment right and stand and protect that voice.”

“This is the land of my birth,” he added. “And I’m going to fight and die to uphold and defend the principles that made us free, so help me God.”

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