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Exercising rights vs. creating fear

State laws restrict, allow places where individuals can openly carry weapons


Last updated 5/24/2018 at 3:31pm

John McCallum

Riders wait for a Spokane Transit Authority bus at the stop at Elm and C streets adjacent to Eastern Washington University's campus. The stop is considered as located in Cheney's right of way, not on EWU's campus, and therefore open to individuals wishing to openly carry firearms, as what happened on May 3 illustrates.

Cheney police didn't know what to make of the man who walked into their station May 4 with two ammunition magazines stuck under his pants' belt.

The man, described as in his 30s, told the dispatcher he understood he had created a disturbance the day before by walking around the periphery of Eastern Washington University's campus with two handguns, one on his hip and the other in his hand. He wanted to talk to police, Cheney Police Chief John Hensley said.

In a May 10 email, Hensley described the man as an "open carry" advocate who lives near the university. He told police he was getting on...

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