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Odd open carry pro-gun demonstration scares Sellwood residents

Some were startled; others were more deeply concerned, when they saw two young men stroll down Sellwood streets, around 1:30 pm on January 9 with what police called “assault rifles” strapped to their backs.

A daycare center locked its doors and pulled the blinds, after being notified of the situation. The duo told responding police officers that they were conducting a “Second Amendment rights” educational effort.

by: COURTESY OF THE GRESHAM OUTLOOK - Meghan Browne, an employee at Jazzy Bagels in Gresham, snapped this photo, allegedly of pro-gun advocates Drouin and Boyce, carrying weapons outside their store. The duo did the same thing in Sellwood, and reportedly also at locations in Southern Oregon.“Officers arrived in the area and contacted the two men, both age 22,” said Portland Police Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “They confirmed that they were carrying rifles openly on their backs. Officers also confirmed that both men had valid Concealed Handgun Licenses in Oregon, although the guns in question were not concealed in this case.”

Near S.E. 7th Avenue and Spokane Street, officers spoke with the men, who were later identified by reporter Mara Stine of the Gresham Outlook as Warren R. Drouin of Medford and Steven M. Boyce of Gresham.

Spokesman Simpson said that neither man “seemed interested” that they were causing alarm, and their presence was contributing to 9-1-1 calls. Neither man was cited; the pair soon disappeared.

“Open carrying of firearms is legal in Oregon,” Simpson advised, “As is carrying a concealed firearm with a valid ‘CHL’.”

He said that ‘open carry’ is likely to alarm the public, and thus 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 9-1-1.”