By PoliceOne Staff
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A video that’s quickly going viral in firearms forums shows an encounter between an officer and a citizen carrying a gun resembling an MP5.
In July, Klamath Falls Officer Mike Nork received a call of an armed man walking around near the town's main square, reported to be carrying what looked like an MP5, an automatic weapon that in Oregon — an open carry state — requires paperwork and identification to carry.
In the video, Nork approaches the man in front of a store and asks him to keep his hands away from the weapon, which the citizen says is a semiautomatic.
Nork then examines the firearm and confirms, visually and verbally, that the citizen can legally carry the weapon without ID.
“If it wasn’t suspected of being fully auto, he would have been fine,” Nork told PoliceOne. “And after a closer look, I didn’t see anything illegal.”
After the incident, Nork traced the citizen, who he called a “one-man activist group,” to a YouTube channel where he posts similar encounters. In most of them, he appears to expect law enforcement contact.
The video is being praised on forums for Nork’s professionalism in handling the encounter. He is a law enforcement veteran of nine years with no training in open carry specifically, but said he was blessed with the right words.
"There's not a cop that I know who wants to be on YouTube," Nork said. "But I'm glad I'm the guy who people are saying 'hey, let’s do it this way.’"