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  • Second Amendment message on West Main Street

    Ron Paul supporter totes rifle, packs sidearm on street; 'People don't know their own rights'
  • Motorists did double-takes Monday when they saw a Medford man walking the streets with a rifle, handgun and a Ron Paul for president sign.
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  • Motorists did double-takes Monday when they saw a Medford man walking the streets with a rifle, handgun and a Ron Paul for president sign.
    "A lot of people forgot their rights," said 21-year-old Warren Drouin, who said he's carrying the weapons because people aren't used to seeing guns in public — even though it's legal.
    "People need to get used to it," he said. "A lot of people don't know their own rights."
    He stood at the corner of West Main Street and Lozier Lane Monday, keeping the rifle with a scope slung over his back and the loaded handgun in its holster.
    Some motorists voiced their support for Second Amendment rights, while others looked warily at the guns.
    When a school bus driver pulled up on Lozier Lane, she hesitated to let children off the bus. Eventually, the mother of the children persuaded the driver that Drouin didn't appear to be a threat.
    "I'm not trying to be a scary dude," said Drouin.
    Drouin said he periodically takes to the streets with his guns and his sign when he gets time off from work. He said Ron Paul is the only candidate for president he thinks upholds all constitutional rights, including free speech and the right to bear arms.
    Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said police see this kind of activity infrequently in Medford, although Drouin has been contacted several times over the past few months by police but hasn't been arrested or charged.
    "It's not the normal thing we want to see in our citizens," Hansen said. "It is legal, but it is not a good thing to do."
    Hansen said carrying weapons in public would become a problem if the activity caused public alarm, or weapons were being pointed at someone.
    The danger to the community is if someone tries to take the weapons away from Drouin, which could lead to dangerous situations, Hansen said.
    Based on previous episodes, Hansen said, local residents get unnerved or upset by someone openly carrying a weapon.
    Hansen said he applauded the school bus driver for her reluctance in letting children out while Drouin was standing close by with guns.
    Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476, or email dmann@mailtribune.com.
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