PHOENIX - A Valley man asking America’s toughest Sheriff to stand by him and his father as they battle the federal government over grazing fees.
BLM claims Cliven Bundy owes them $1.1 million in grazing fees. Bundy refuses to pay because he believes it is state owned land, not federal.
"The land here in Arizona is State land and should be controlled and governed by the state and not the federal government. He would have no problem paying the state. But out of principle he doesn't want to pay the federal government," said Ammon Bundy, the Nevada rancher’s son.
Ammon, who lives in Maricopa County, wants Arizona to support rancher’s rights. He just returned from his dad's ranch. He says he was tased three times by BLM during last week's protest.
"They assume they have unlimited power -- that they can make the laws, enforce the laws, and prosecute the laws," said Ammon Bundy.
He says what's happening in Nevada has happened in Arizona.
"Ranchers have been run off, put out of business. Loggers have been put out of business. This is in every industry," he said.
He wants to make sure if something similar happened in Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio would protect the people in Maricopa County from the Federal Government.
"I can't even think about what I would do if something like that happened here. I'd play it by ear. All I can say is that I report to 4 million people. They are my bosses and my main focus is to protect people in this county,” said Sheriff Arpaio.
Bundy could not provide specific names of Arizona ranchers he claims have been bullied by the federal government. Arpaio