Gun rights advocates attended a Douglas County Commission meeting to protest law enforcement stopped a man openly carrying a gun at the county fair.

Gun rights advocates attended a Douglas County Commission meeting to protest law enforcement stopped a man openly carrying a gun at the county fair.

Lisa Marie Pane/AP

About a dozen Second Amendment supporters, some wearing holstered guns on their hips, turned up to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners’ weekly meeting Wednesday.

They were there to protest an incident in which police stopped a man who was open carrying a gun while bringing merchandise to a vendor at the Douglas County Fair last week. The man was bringing supplies to a booth run by the Oregon Firearms Federation. He refused to cover up his weapon and was challenged by several officers, including Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin before a call from one of the county commissioners established that the man could carry his gun openly at the fair.

John Parker, Jr., witnessed the incident and defended the man’s right to open carry at the fair. He said open carry is a human right — the right to self defense. He also reminded commissioners of a resolution they passed in 2015 in support of the Second Amendment.

“I’m not here to get anybody in trouble. I just am not sure when the resolutions are made here at the county level that a memo goes out to other departments to let them know where the county stands and why the county is taking such a stance,” Parker said.

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