Update on The Citadel

Last week I reported on The Citadel, a survivalist group hoping to start a community in Northern Idaho. Today the Idaho Daily Statesman has an article about the group. I wasn’t aware of the close connection between the group and firearms manufacturing.

At the center of the development is a firearms manufacturing company, III Arms, that would employ residents and raise money to help fund the Citadel.

III Arms Co. was incorporated in Idaho in August, its headquarters listed in Gaithersburg, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C. The company’s website offers firearms for sale starting at $1,250. A woman whose name is listed as a representative of the company could not be reached for comment.

I was also not aware of the connection with the three percenter militia movement, a particularly virulent militia group whose name is inspired by the false Revolutionary War “statistic” that suggested that only 3% of the American population during the Revolutionary War participated as combatants in the war. Here is how a current member describes the movement:

The Three Percent today are gun owners who will not disarm, will not compromise and will no longer back up at the passage of the next gun control act…We will not obey any further circumscription of our traditional liberties and will defend ourselves if attacked…We are committed to the restoration of the Founders’ Republic, and are willing to fight, die, and, if forced by any would-be oppressor, to kill in the defense of ourselves and the Constitution that we all took an oath to uphold against enemies foreign and domestic.

From the Statesman article by Audrey Dutton,

III Percent LLC — seemingly a reference to the “three percenter” militia movement — and Citadel Land Development LLC were created in Idaho last month, according to state records.One or two square miles of the Citadel would be protected by walls and towers, the website said, adding that the community “intends to become a premiere tourist destination for Americans from sea to sea and border-to-border.”Residents would have to agree to conditions that include:

  • Following federal and state constitutions.
  • Being able to shoot a man-sized steel target at various distances with a handgun and a rifle.
  • Having an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle variant, at least five magazines and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
  • Keeping every household stocked with a year’s worth of food, water and supplies.
  • Taking courses on topics such as basic medical care and firearms safety.
  • Carrying a loaded sidearm when visiting the Citadel’s town center.

The application, with a $208 fee, asks if the person plans to raise livestock, farm or start a business at the Citadel. Residents also can choose to live inside or outside the community’s walls.

Given the reaction to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut and the current drive to bring back an assault weapon ban, it seems likely the applications from gun wackos will be rolling in faster than the Citadel sponsors can process them. I suppose it is better to have them inside a citadel where we can keep an eye on them than scattered throughout the country causing all sorts of mischief like here and here.

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