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State Representative James Frank Is Fighting Back Against B.L.M.

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Wichita Falls, TX - 45 thousand acres of land is still in jeopardy of being taken away by the Bureau of Land Management, but State Representative James Frank, is choosing to fight back.

We sat down with Representative Frank today who wants land owners and Texomans to get loud in their fight against the B.L.M.

He believes the B.L.M. will recant their land grab plan knowing what they are doing is wrong.

“So I think we're in a situation that the land owners are going to win but I think it's going to be a pretty lengthy battle for them to win it,” said Representative Frank.

Representative Frank says being involved in this fight is what's most important.

“I think participating in being vocal is very important,” said Representative Frank. “I don't think land owners need to be quiet. I think they need to be engaged in the process. It's a very serious issue.”

Land owners would agree after having their voices heard at the open carry land rally which was held two weeks ago in Burkburnett, Texas.

Representative Frank says nothing is set in stone, that there could be a few bumps along the way.

“Federal law doesn't always trump State law, but if the Federal Government has a claim to the land and they exercise that claim it could create a problem for the land owners,” said Frank.

If the B.L.M. does claim the land, Representative Frank says Texas Government will be there to help.

“I think there would be a chance that we could pay for legal bills and fight on their behalf as the state of Texas,” said Representative Frank. “I think there would be a very real chance that would happen.”

He says he does not think the B.L.M. has a winning case or enough perseverance to continue claiming this land.

“I don’t think they have the political will that says 'hey even though you've bought the land and paid for the land and paid taxes on the land, we're still going to take it cause we've owned it since 1923,'” said Representative Frank.

He says there will be a meeting held in the next few weeks open only to land owners. This will allow them to come up with a strategic plan for their political representatives.

We’ll be following the story closely until there is a final resolution.

Brody Carter, Newschannel 6