The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a man found guilty of illegally carrying a concealed weapon after he argued the campsite where he pitched his tent for the week was his home and provided an exception to the state’s concealed-weapon law, the Oregonian reported.
The appeals court ruled that David Aubrey Wolf, 66, was entitled to tell jurors that Oregon law makes an exception to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit if a person is in his or her place of residence.
Last week’s ruling can be seen as a gun-rights victory for both the homeless as well as vacationers who want to pack heat — although Wolf, the subject of the suit, may have been neither. He was staying at the North Fork John Day Campground in August 2011 to mine the nearby river with a dredge. That spurred the camp host to call out a U.S. Forest Service officer to the campground.
Wolf told the officer he had a pistol in his pocket.
Wolf testified that he had a right to carry the pistol in and near his four-foot-tall dome tent at the campground because it was his “own rented property.” The tent contained his sleeping bag, and he’d even brewed himself some coffee the day he was cited for the misdemeanor of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
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