Carrying assault rifle legal – but wise?

SELLWOOD, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s legal, but is it right?

Gun supporters applaud the actions of the man who calls himself Marked Guardian for exercising his Second Amendment right to bear arms by openly carrying an AR-15 assault rifle on Oregon streets.

He carried the assault rifle with him as he walked the streets of Forest Grove, Hillsboro, McMinnville and Eugene.

Police said his methods put a strain on resources and parents told KOIN 6 News his tactics go too far. Both sides don’t dispute he has the right to do this, but disagree on the wisdom of the action.

Oregon’s open-carry law gets more specific or varies from city to city and county to county.

A similar incident in Sellwood prompted many calls to 911 when two men exercised that particular constitutional right.

“As far as assault rifles — and what they’ve done and how many people they’ve killed in this country — to openly carry them in public is worse than going into a, you know, into a crowded movie theater and yelling fire,” said Sellwood parent Bill Wyland.

Kevin Starrett of the Oregon Firearm Federation said if a gun holder is not doing anything dangerous, unlawful or threatening, then it’s not up to another individual to tell that person what to do.

“It’s hard for me not to respond to the fire-in-a-crowded-theater thing,” Starrett said. “Because, you know what, you can shout fire in a crowded theater; you can do it anytime you want, [but] you suffer the consequences. But gun control laws are intended to make you suffer consequences before you’ve done anything.”

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