Many motorists driving by Fred Meyer on Garden Valley Boulevard in Roseburg Friday morning, noticed a man displaying signs, and may have been alarmed when they saw an AR-15 rifle strapped over his shoulder.
William Eifert of Roseburg said the purpose was to organize an “open carry” rally to show support for the second amendment which protects the right of U.S. citizens to keep and bear arms.
Eifert stood for about an hour on the sidewalk next to the Fred Meyer parking lot with his unloaded AR-15, while holding signs supporting the second amendment and proclaiming that the AR-15 is not an assault rifle.
“We’ve got good gun laws in place but they’re just not being enforced,” Eifert said. “The federal no-buy database is years behind on being updated, and that’s allowing these mass shooters to get these weapons and they’re blaming it on the firearm and wanting to enact new laws.
“If they would enforce the laws that we already have, it would solve a lot of the problems,” he said.
Eifert stood alone until about halfway through the hour-long demonstration, before being joined by Avann Weber, of Roseburg, who is a veteran and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Weber came to show his support for the second amendment.
“I’m supporting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,” said Weber, who is a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. “When I went to school the right to keep and bear arms was 100 percent my right and your right. Government had no power to make gun laws.”
Eifert said he wasn’t concerned that people would be alarmed to see him carrying the weapon while on the sidewalk.
“It doesn’t have a magazine in it, and I would hope the American flag (on my hat) and the UCC sweatshirt would speak for themselves,” he said. “I was a student at UCC when the shooting happened.”
Eifert said he had a few negative comments from people who drove by, but he said most people were supportive.