Here's a quaint little tale from the Portland Police Bureau about a couple of constitutional scholars who thought it would be educational to strut around Sellwood with a pair of assault rifles strapped to their backs. BECAUSE, HEY, HOW COULD ANYONE MAYBE GET THE WRONG IDEA?
Yes, it's legal to open carry. But that doesn't mean it can't also be a dick move in so many ways.
This afternoon, Wednesday January 9, 2013, at 1:49 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the report of two men carrying assault rifles on their backs in the area of Southeast 7th Avenue and Spokane Street.
Officers arrived in the area and contacted the two men, both age 22, and confirmed that they were carrying rifles openly on their backs. Officers also confirmed that both men were valid Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders in Oregon.
The armed men told police that they were exercising their 2nd Amendment rights and hoping to educate the public.
Officers explained to the men that they would likely continue to generate 911 calls from an alarmed public, which would require a police response, but neither man seemed interested in these concerns.
The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind the public that the open carrying of firearms is legal in Oregon, and carrying a concealed firearm is legal with a valid CHL; However, doing one or both may generate 911 calls to police by an alarmed member of the public and that call will generate a police response, possibly tying up resources that are needed elsewhere to respond to true emergencies.
The Portland Police Bureau asks that members of the public who see people armed with guns to immediately call 911.