Pro-gun demonstrators bring their message and weapons inside Oregon Capitol

by Harry Esteve, Oregon Live  |  published on February 10, 2013

Some gun-toting demonstrators have taken their protest and their weapons inside the Capitol building.

Oregon law allows people who have concealed handgun licenses to openly carry weapons inside public buildings, including the Capitol.

Among those who ventured inside from a pro-gun rally across the street was a man who would only give a first name, Warren.

“I’m supporting my fellow patriots,” he said. He was carrying an AR-15 slung across his back. “It’s technically loaded,” he said, meaning a full magazine was in place, but no round was chambered.

He was approached by a state police officer — about a half dozen were posted directly inside the Capitol rotunda — who asked to see Warren’s concealed handgun permit. The trooper looked at the permit and walked away, while Warren took photos of the Rotunda art work.

Several hundred gun enthusiasts are rallying in the Capitol Mall to support the Second Amendment and to protest efforts to restrict gun ownership.

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