Open Carry Near Obama Event Perfectly Legal, Authorities Say
PHOENIX The Associated Press has reported that about a dozen people openly carried guns outside an event where President Barack Obama was giving a speech Monday in Phoenix.
Phoenix police say the people with guns, including a man carrying an AR-15, didnt need permits. No crimes were committed, and no one was arrested.
The man carrying the rifle declined to be identified, but told The Arizona Republic that he was carrying the weapon because he could, adding that he still has some freedoms.
Last week, during Obamas town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., a man stood outside with a gun strapped to his leg.
Arizona is an `open-carry' state, which means anyone legally allowed to have a firearm can carry it in public as long as it's visible. Only someone carrying a concealed weapon is required to have a permit.
Paul Helmke, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said people should not be allowed to bring guns to events where Obama is.
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said armed demonstrators in open-carry states such as Arizona and New Hampshire have little impact on security plans for the president.
To see a short, but excellent, interview with the man carrying the AR-15, click here.
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