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'Sovereign' Columbus Man Due in Court Thursday after Homemade Explosives Found
COLUMBUS (Adam Slinger / Ken Hines) A man who identifies himself as a sovereign, according to investigators, had anti-government rants scattered on the walls of his home and plastered to the exterior.
On Wednesday, authorities were forced to neutralize highly explosive flash powder and explosive devices found inside the home of Mark Kulis, 55, on Carolyn Avenue, the Franklin County Sheriff said.
Sheriff Zach Scott said the home was so disturbing, it looked like it could have been in the 1995 film, Seven.
Deputies were there to serve an eviction notice.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, sovereigns believe that they not judges, juries, law enforcement or elected officials get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore, and they don't think they should have to pay taxes.
Along with the explosive materials, deputies found notes posted inside the home that contained declarations of sovereignty. Investigators have not confirmed that those notes were written by Kulis.
[Sovereigns] are domestic terrorists, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told ABC6/FOX28. When a person identifies themselves as a sovereign nation, you better be careful.
Investigators arent sure why Kulis had the explosives in the home.
[Sovereigns] think the government has no ability to enforce laws because [the government] is illegitimate. The problem is they act out on that. They take it to the next step. DeWine said the next step is often violence.
Kulis will face a judge on charges of a illegally carrying a concealed weapon and manufacturing an explosive.