Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hundreds of armed protesters are expected to descend on the Oregon Capitol Friday to demonstrate their gun rights.

 

The demonstration is a response to calls for stiffer gun laws in the wake of recent mass shootings.

It's legal to openly carry a weapon in public, and people with concealed handgun licenses can carry their weapons in the Capitol.

Organizers say there are no plans to bring Friday's rally inside the Capitol, but individuals may decide to enter the building on their own.

Meanwhile, A man who openly carries a pistol alarmed an employee when he went shopping at the Vancouver Westfield Shopping Center.

Derek Mendiola said he was harassed Wednesday for exercising his right.

The mall general manager, Paige Moreau, said firearms are prohibited at the mall, which is private property.

Mendiola says he'll leave his gun at home next time.

In December, a man killed two people and wounded a third before killing himself at the Clackamas Town Center mall in suburban Portland.

In another gun related story today, A Bend woman accidentally shot her husband when her Derringer fell out of her pocket, hit the floor and fired.

It happened Thursday at a McDonald's restaurant, and about 15 other customers who were inside at the time were startled by the gunfire.

Lt. Chris Carney says 47-year-old Richard Lee Cooper and 48-year-old Barbara Annette Masters were in the dining area when she leaned forward and the gun hit the floor. The impact caused the .22-caliber gun to fire, hitting Cooper in the abdomen. He was taken to St. Charles-Bend hospital in serious condition.

Masters was cited on assault and reckless endangering charges and released.

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