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The Columbus County man who headed the North Carolina chapter of Oath Keepers says he disbanded the state branch following the national militia’s ties to the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt at the U.S. Capitol. 

“Our vision was to be a part of our local [law enforcement] departments in each county, where they can depend on us,” said Doug Smith of Whiteville, who was president of the North Carolina Oath Keepers. 


Doug Smith is pictured in a file photo.