REENA FLORES — Real estate mogul Donald Trump would not let states take control of federal lands, the Republican presidential candidate said in a recent interview.
“I don’t like the idea because I want to keep the lands great, and you don’t know what the state is going to do,” Trump said during a talk with Field & Stream magazine earlier this week.
The trade publication, sitting down with Trump at Las Vegas’ Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show, had asked about the issue of turning over federally controlled lands to individual states — an idea previously floated by rival 2016 contender and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and supported by staunch states-rights activists.
The proposal has also received more attention in light of recent actions by radical conservatives like Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his son Ammon Bundy, who led an armed group earlier this month in occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon to protest federal land use policies.
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