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Leader of 'Rise of the Moors' says Massachusetts infringed on their right to 'protect' Maine

Jahmal Latimer and 10 others were part of the militia group that was arrested after a 9-hour standoff on I-95 in Massachusetts in July.

BOSTON — The leader of the militia group Rise of the Moors claims their Second Amendment rights were violated.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court last week, Jahmal Latimer claimed the state of Massachusetts infringed on the group's right to "protect Maine from foreign invasion."

Latimer did not cite any specific threats in his handwritten 11-page statement but claimed militias can travel and respond to threats like foreign invasion or domestic terrorism.

Latimer and 10 others were part of the Rise of the Moors group that was arrested over the Fourth of July weekend after a nine-hour standoff on Interstate 95 in Massachusetts.

None of the men, who were dressed in military fatigues and body armor and were heavily armed with long guns and pistols, had a license to carry firearms in the state.

They allegedly told police they were traveling from Rhode Island to Maine for "training" on land in the Bangor area.

The group attempted to sue Massachusetts State Police as well as various media outlets for $70 million. A judge dismissed the suit in August. 


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