Ryan Bundy, a leader of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, says he'll run for Nevada governor.

Ryan Bundy, a leader of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, says he’ll run for Nevada governor.

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The eldest son of the Nevada rancher at the center of an armed standoff with federal agents in 2014 says he’ll mount an independent campaign for governor as a states’ rights fundamentalist.

Ryan Bundy said Thursday he doesn’t think other candidates running to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval would properly protect the state liberty.

The 45-year-old Mesquite resident says he intends to file candidacy papers next Wednesday in Las Vegas and embark on a statewide speaking tour.

Federal charges were dropped in January against Bundy, his father Cliven Bundy, and a brother in the gunpoint standoff that stopped a federal roundup of Bundy cattle. A judge cited prosecutorial misconduct.

Ryan Bundy says he’s a strict constitutionalist who believes the federal government can only own land in states for limited and specified purposes.

The Nevada Independent was first to report Bundy’s planned candidacy.