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Three Branch Davidians are holed up in a remote log cabin with semi-automatic weapons, a police scanner and night vision equipment. Three thousand rounds of ammunition are on order.

But the local sheriff says he won't tolerate a repeat of the cult's bloody standoff in Texas. "If they break the law I'm going to hammer them," says Sheriff Richard Murdie.Sheets of camouflaged cloth or black plastic cover some of the windows of the log house occupied by three Davidians looking for a new home base after last year's shootout and fire at their Mount Carmel compound near Waco, Texas.

"We wanted to be able to look out without being seen. Some of the people killed at Mount Carmel were shot through windows," said Wally Kennett.

Kennett, 31, was outside the compound when federal agents raided it on Feb. 28, 1993.

The gun battle left four agents and six Davidians dead. A 51-day armed standoff ensued, ending April 19, 1993, with a shootout and cataclysmic fire in which cult leader David Koresh and 78 of his disciples perished.

Kennett, who played bass guitar in Koresh's band, Seraph, acknowledges that the remaining Davidians are stockpiling weapons again and have ordered the ammunition. He admits to a siege mentality.

"When you have . . . your friends murdered you start to think that way," said Kennett, a cult member since 1985.

He is joined by Ron Cole, who joined the group after the Waco fire, and at least one other Davidian, whom they would not identify. The three had accused federal agencies of spying on them in this virtually deserted old mining town 20 miles north of Gunnison in southwest Colorado.

But Kennett said a barrage of calls and faxes from their supporters to Murdie appears to have guaranteed their safety.

"I'm not going to prejudge them - but I will enforce the laws of the state of Colorado," said Murdie. "I'm not going to allow what happened in Waco to happen in Gunnison County - on either side of the spectrum."

Denver FBI spokesman Dick Schussler denied federal agencies have been monitoring the group. "We have no interest in them at all."

Last week, five sect members were sentenced to 40 years in prison in the deaths of four federal agents during the raid. Three others received lesser sentences for weapons violations.

Meanwhile, relatives of Branch Davidian founder David Koresh have filed a $153 million federal lawsuit against six law enforcement officials the family blames for the deaths of three Koresh children. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, names U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno among the defendants.