Pro-gun rally in Salem burns Gov. Brown in effigy

About 100 people rallied Friday morning

A pro-gun rights rally on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol brought about 100 open-carry advocates to Salem who hung and then burned Gov. Kate Brown in effigy. (KOIN)
A pro-gun rights rally on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol brought about 100 open-carry advocates to Salem who hung and then burned Gov. Kate Brown in effigy. (KOIN)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A pro-gun rights rally on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol brought about 100 open-carry advocates to Salem who hung and then burned Gov. Kate Brown in effigy.

Mike Bivins, who describes himself as a PSU student and journalist, tweeted pictures and updates from the event Friday morning.

After taking the Pledge of Allegiance, speakers took to a podium. One compared a no-fly list with the policies of Nazi Germany, Bivins said. Another said she had to spend hundreds of dollars to put her son in a Christian school “so his gender can be preserved.”

With Trump-Pence stickers being passed around, some seemed in harmony with Ammon Bundy and the other occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge currently on trial in Portland.

The trial resumes Monday after a three-day weekend.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Anna Brown warned Ammon Bundy’s lawyer she will hold him in contempt of court if he keeps trying to bring up Robert “LaVoy” Finicum’s death in front of jurors.

Police fatally shot the occupation spokesman Jan. 26 during a traffic stop north of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The judge has repeatedly said this trial is about whether Bundy and his co-defendants engaged in a conspiracy during last winter’s armed occupation of the refuge.

The judge told Bundy lawyer Marcus Mumford on Thursday that she will fine him $1,000 each time he raises the Finicum issue while questioning witnesses.

The government plans to call many FBI agents to the witness stand before wrapping up its case Tuesday afternoon. Defense lawyers are expected to start presenting their case Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Open-carry supporters at a pro-gun rights rally at the State Capitol in Salem, September 23, 2016 (Mike Bivins via Twitter)
Open-carry supporters at a pro-gun rights rally at the State Capitol in Salem, September 23, 2016 (Mike Bivins via Twitter)

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