Earlier this month, two men demonstrated their 2nd Amendment rights in a Southeast Portland neighborhood by openly carrying assault riles in public. While police say that the men were not breaking any laws, they also stated that such behavior can frighten people and generate 911 calls, taking officers away from potentially more urgent situations.
Under Oregon law, a city or county may adopt ordinances that regular, restrict, or prohibit the possession of loaded firearms in public places. The same law, however, states that these regulations do not apply to persons who are licensed to carry concealed handguns. In this case, both men have concealed handguns licenses, and therefore are not prohibited from openly carrying firearms.
The men, both 22, were spotted by law enforcement near Southeast Seventh Avenue and Spokane, and later seen near Northeast Fourth Street and Hood Avenue in Gresham.
According to a report by The Oregonian, the men generated several 911 calls and caused at least one school to go into lockdown.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy of late last year has emotions running high on both sides of the gun debate. Not surprisingly, gun control advocates are arguing for tighter restrictions, and President Obama has directed Vice President Biden to lead a task force to explore how the administration may curb gun violence. Reports indicate that gun sales have risen since the shooting, and the NRA and other pro-firearms interests seem to be hunkering down for a struggle.
Regardless of one’s views of the 2nd Amendment, the fact is that guns are highly regulated on all levels of government. The unlawful possession or use of firearms can carry significant penalties, and in some cases could prevent a person from possessing firearms in the future. If you have been charged with a crime involving a firearm, it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to make sure that your legal rights are protected. Edward Kroll is an experienced Portland criminal defense lawyer who is committed to protecting the rights of Oregonians accused of crimes at this website. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Kroll knows how the criminal justice system works, and strives to obtain the best outcome for each client he represents. To schedule a free consultation with a Portland criminal defense attorney, contact us today by calling (503) 352-9360 or by filling out our contact form available here.