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Thread: Beaverton Issues Training Advisory on Open Carry in Public Buildings

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    Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 8:11 AM
    To: All BPD Staff
    Subject: Training Bulletin #07-08 Possession of Firearms in Public
    Buildings

    Training Bulletin #07-08 Possession of Firearms in Public Buildings

    Under ORS 166.370, it's usually a Class C felony for a person to possess
    a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a public building, such as City
    Hall.

    There are the exceptions to the prohibition. For example, peace
    officers and members of the military may carry a firearm or other
    dangerous weapons into a public building while engaged in the
    performance of their official duties.

    Also, a sometimes overlooked exception relates to "a person licensed ...
    to carry a concealed handgun." A person holding a valid concealed
    handgun license may carry a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a
    public building, just as if the person were a peace officer or member of
    the military.

    Regardless of whether the person is a police officer, member of the
    military or a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun, the firearm
    or other dangerous weapon does not need to be concealed. It can be
    carried openly or it can be carried concealed.

    When a person enters a public building with a firearm or other dangerous
    weapon and the person does not appear to be either a peace officer or a
    member of the military, a police officer may stop the person to ask if
    they have a concealed handgun license.

    The stop and talk can take place regardless of whether the person is
    carrying the firearm or other dangerous weapon openly or concealed.
    Possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a public building
    is usually prohibited, and police have authority to stop and talk to a
    person who appears to be acting in violation of that prohibition.

    If the person does not have the concealed handgun license in their
    immediate possession, and the officer otherwise has probable cause to
    believe the person is carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon in
    violation of ORS 166.250, the person may be arrested.

    But if the person has in his or her immediate possession a valid license
    to carry a concealed handgun, then ORS 166.262 states that "a peace
    officer may not arrest or charge a person for [carrying a firearm in a
    public building]."

    The above information was provided by the City Attorney's Office.


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