Grand Forks Mayor carries a gun: “I don’t want to be a victim.”

Not many know it, but the part-time mayor and full-time obstetrician at Altru Hospital, has a permit to carry a concealed handgun and he does, sometimes at local restaurants or even at an occasional city meeting.

Recently, a Herald journalist spotted Brown’s gun during an interview.

“I don’t want to be a victim,” said Brown, 61. “And I think it’s the responsible thing to do to protect those you love, and anyone.”

The handgun he carries concealed is a small 9 mm Kahr semi-automatic that takes up little space. For safety, he does not keep a round in the chamber.

“The Second Amendment protects the First Amendment,” Brown said. “But deadly force is only to protect life. To use it to protect property would be inappropriate.”

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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