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.”

Grand Forks Herald