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McMinnville Bans Loaded Carry


On Tuesday, with very little fanfare or attention, the City Council of McMinnville unanimously passed a pointless and unenforceable ban on loaded carry.

In an email to OFF, the McMinnville City Attorney said “We discussed that our police officers could not walk up to someone openly carrying and demand that they show whether the gun was loaded or not unless there were (sic) probable cause.  We discussed that, if someone wanted to, s/he could simply keep walking and not engage with an officer at all.”

She also said “While I would not say there’s been an “issue” with people carrying in our parks, I would say that the incidents are increasing and that interest in the subject is increasing.” She  added Police Chief Matt Scales was present at the meeting and stated that he supported the ordinance restricting the open carrying of loaded firearms in public places.  He said he believes it’s the City’s duty to ensure that public places are safe for children and adults to enjoy without the fear of someone openly carrying a loaded weapon.”

CHL holders are not affected and non chl holders can open carry if unloaded. And police have no authority to determine if guns are loaded or not. So really, what was the point?

It seems McMinnville is hoping to become the new “go to” location for open carry protesters.


City Council of McMinnville

alanruden.jpg Alan Ruden
Phone: 503-435-2412
Ward: 2
Term Expires: 12/31/2018
Occupation: Builder/Developer
Scott Hill
Phone: 503-434-5547
Ward: 1
Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Occupation: Banker (Retired)
Kellie Menke
Phone: 503-472-2742
Ward: 2
Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Occupation: Certified Public Accountant (Retired)
kevin-jeffries.jpg Kevin Jeffries, Council President
Phone: 503-434-8998
Ward: 1
Term Expires: 12/31/2018
Occupation: Legislative Aide for State of Oregon
council_drabkin.jpg Remy Drabkin
Phone: 503-560-2003
Ward: 3
Term Expires:  12/31/2018
Occupation:  Winery Owner – Winemaker

Larry Yoder
Phone: 503-472-4419
Ward: 3
Term Expires: 12/31/2016
Occupation: Business Owner (Retired)