Tensions high as Mongols Motorcycle Club meets in Missouri

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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — The Mongols Motorcycle Club is plans to meet this weekend in Excelsior Springs. The group's leader tells FOX 4 that there is nothing to fear.  Some Clay County residents are worried about the gathering of over 200 bikers after last weekend's deadly shootout in Texas.

Five motorcycle clubs gathered to hash out differences in Waco Texas last Sunday. Now, nine people are dead, over 170 have been placed under arrest and over 1,000 weapons have been seized.

“The whole thing has been overblown,” Mongol Gary, Missouri leader for the Mongols Motorcycle Club, told FOX 4 News on Thursday night.

Mongol Gary says the image of modern motorcycle clubs is inaccurate.  He says his members are well-behaved, professional people, some of whom have white-collar jobs.  According to the FBI the Mongols Motorcycle Club is associated with numerous crimes across the United States, ranging from illicit drug deals to murders.

Members of the motorcycle club roll into Excelsior Springs on Friday evening.