Videos from 8/23 Open Carry event, Portland, Oregon

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Here's the videos from the Open Carry event in Portland. The first video is the interaction I had with the Portland Police. When we first arrived (when we got out of the car) I called the Portland Police non-emergency dispatch. The guy I spoke with on the phone was very easy going, certainly a lot friendlier than the lady I spoke with on August 2nd. He asked how many people would be out, if we had signs, and if any of the firearms were loaded. We started walking around and passing out information, in the area was 2 police cruisers, then two bike cops, but none made contact, they just passed by. After we had been on location for about 10 minutes, I received a phone call from Sgt Kula of the Portland Police, he asked if the firearms were loaded, I explained the situation. Sgt Kula explained that a radio call went out about this event, informing the other officers about what was going on. Ten minutes later he arrived, this is what happened:

I can't imagine how the interaction could have gone smoother. Of all the interactions I've ever had with the Portland Police (including being hit by bikes, batons, horses, having a shotgun pointed at me for no good reason, and recently stopping a bike thief) this was by far the most positive interaction I've ever had. This reminds me of my friend's saying, "an armed society is a polite society." Later a Portland Police officer was walking by with food, I asked him where a good spot to eat in the area was.

My interaction with the police officers also validated my understanding of the Portland laws regarding open carry and if I was within my rights to arrest the Portland Patrol Inc security guard. Sgt Kula mentioned a case "State versus Price" (I think that's what he said) which is about how a person can reasonably assume that a holstered firearm is indeed loaded - I've heard of a similar case, but I couldn't find anything under "State v Price" - if you're aware of this case, please leave a note in the comments. I would think, just by fundamentals of firearm safety instructions, that a person should assume any firearm is loaded unless it's obvious that steps have been made to disable the firearm (like if the bolt or barrel is removed or altered). Any shooter should know that even with a magazine being removed from a firearm, a bullet could still be in the chamber. Regardless, by virtue of the Portland Public Order and Oregon Laws, it's reasonable to suspect a crime is being committed simply by seeing a publicly displayed firearm on a person, the citizen has the burden of proving that they are in compliance with the law. This can be as simple as saying "the firearm is unloaded" or "I have a license to carry this." I am writing a more in-depth paper about this right now, stay tuned to this blog.

The second video is a compilation of the various interactions I had with people on the street that day. No one was super offended, in fact, the only person who said "I don't support what you're doing" was the lady who was holding the cane, I spoke with her calmly and she ended up taking my hand out and thanking me. One guy with an Obama hat was clearly not interested, but he talked to us for a few moments and he didn't say anything negative. Then there was a single thumbs down we got from someone riding the MAX car. These negative interactions should be juxtaposed to the overwhelmingly positive response we had. Within 5 minutes of being on location, a young lady leaned out of the MAX car and yelled, "Hey are you that guy who posted that video today? That was awesome! Keep up the good work!" At least a dozen people asked me about the rifle I was carrying, which is a KelTec SU-16C (I love it). Several people took the hand out, read it front-to-end, and then came over to say something positive. Lots of people came over to say something supportive, even if they did not understand why we were out there. I can't imagine how this could have gone better.

I might do another open carry rally in the future where I encourage more of the public to come out. Unfortunately, I've been involved in the planning process for open carry events in the past, and the local firearm community can be difficult to work with. Lots of people with different backgrounds, different attitudes and perspectives, and different feelings on what is appropriate behavior in public (especially with a firearm). For this reason, one of my friends describes open carry rallies, "It's not the quantity of the people you have, but the quality of the people you have." Hopefully someone within this community can think of another positive message that we can use for a large public rally.


By: jl_dunn_pdx (6.40)

Tags: Portland, Open Carry

Location: Portland, United States

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