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Cliven Bundy says he was misunderstood

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Updated: 4/25 5:12 pm

BUNKERVILLE, Nev. -- Rancher Cliven Bundy's statements on race made local and national headlines and he's not done talking. Bundy took the stage again and his tone was different.

News 3's Antonio Castelan spoke to Bundy himself and he is claiming he was misunderstood.

News 3 has team coverage on the fallout from Bunkerville.

For the first time, Cliven Bundy is asking for forgiveness. Bundy went up on this stage and said if he offended anybody he wanted their forgiveness.

He still is not backing down on his statements concerning African Americans. we did get more of an insight of the man behind all this controversy.

When asked about his comments about whether blacks would be better off as slaves he stressed we were all getting it wrong.

Bundy says he is trying to talk about work ethic. He says his words have gotten him in trouble -- but he is only trying to convey the message of hard work and not depending on the government. 

Bundy also talked about other races including immigration. The 67-year-old rancher says he is ready to get this past him but he is still geared at fighting the government all the way. Bundy again tried to clear his statements on slavery.

Bundy is a faithful member of the Mormon Church in Bunkerville and News 3 learned Metro police were called to the church building in Bunkerville this past Sunday

News 3's Reed Cowan is in Bunkerville with what prompted police to show up.

Metro police confirmed to News 3 at least one church member called police and quite upset, even afraid, after two weekends of Bundy and his son showing up to the church here with armed guards

Church members who live near the church say at that point, church leadership told Bundy the Mormon Church has a strict policy of no guns inside the building.

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