Portland Police responded to calls Wednesday about two men walking in the Sellwood neighborhood with assault rifles slung over their shoulders. That prompted numerous 911 calls as well as the lockdown of a pre-school.
But police say the pair didn’t break any laws and won’t face any charges.
Portland city code prohibits loaded firearms from being carried in public places. But the state law that allows Portland and other cities to enact such a rule specifically exempts anyone who’s licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
Pete Simpson is a sergeant with the Portland Police Bureau. He says Steven Boyce and Warren Drouin both have those licenses. Simpson says the men kept the rifles on their shoulders as they told officers they were exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.
“You know really, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do something,” says Simpson. “People were clearly alarmed yesterday, and we want people to be really thoughtful about what their actions could lead to,” he said.
Simpson says the men had a video camera with them. Drouin has posted videos of similar walks on YouTube.