The so-called Open Carry movement—whose adherents openly wear their weapons to assert their right to own and carry guns—is a cause in search of a champion or two. Or three. Or more. You know; someone who isn’t a nut case who gets arrested for exercising his Second Amendment rights. Well, they may have found one: Kurt Kirby. KATU.com reports that police cited Mr. Kirby for wearing his pistol in Albertsons grocery store. “The owner of the nearby martial arts studio called 9-1-1, and according to the police report, the owner was alarmed because he teaches small children and was concerned for their safety. The police officer cited Kirby under the law that says it is wrong to carry a weapon if it ‘manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons.'” OK, the battle lines are drawn. Is Kirby a suitable Open Carry poster child? Well, he’s certainly a persistent gun schlepper.
Kirby declined to speak to the media Monday on advice from his attorney, but according to the police report, Kirby told officers he’s openly carried his gun into several stores in recent months without a problem.
That’s good, right? Doesn’t spout off to the media straight away.
But according to the police report, the day before being cited Kirby had a run-in with security at the Vancouver Mall. He and his wife were escorted from the mall by security after shoppers complained about their weapons strapped to their waists.
Like I said, persistent. But Vancouver? That’s Vancouver in Washington state. Still, how many Americans are going to think he’s Canadian, even though the media will say “Vancouver, Washington” umpteen times? [Note: that must suck for residents, generally.]
According to the police report, the Kirbys were belligerent, perhaps trying to argue that they were not breaking any laws.
Uh-oh. Stay tuned. If not Kirby, someone.
FYI: Albertsons stores have been robbed at gunpoint in Aloha (Washington), Denver (Colorado), Orlando (Florida, four times), San Francisco (California) and Highlands (Texas). A clerk was stabbed at an Albertsons in San Diego.