It doesn’t get a lot of press, but Portland protest groups are much more routinely armed and open carrying firearms and assault rifles.
This is not a picture of the Proud Boys (who also bring weapons), but 2 local Portland protesters part of Antifa:
In July 2024, BLM protesters showed up in a residential neighborhood equipped with assault rifles loaded with large capacity magazines – despite the fact Measure 114 had passed banning large capacity magazines in any public space.
Unfortunately, more and more armed people are showing up at these events – which took a deadly turn when protest confrontations have turned to shootings in 2022:
- Red House protesters armed with assault rifles, Molotov cocktails, and took over a Portland city block for the better part of a month: https://www.koin.com/news/portland/red-house-stalemate-neighbors-complain-of-guns-explosions/