Man who pointed pistol at protesters banned from owning guns

In this Thursday, July 7, 2016 photo, Michael Strickland holds a gun in Portland, Ore., during a rally to protest the deaths of two black men shot by police in Minnesota and Louisiana. No shots were fired in the incident, which happened the same night snipers shot and killed five Dallas police officers and wounded others at a demonstration. Strickland was arrested and charged with menacing and disorderly conduct. (AP Photo/Diego G Diaz)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who had pointed his gun at protesters last summer has been sentenced to 40 days in jail and is banned from owning guns.

Michael Aaron Strickland, 37, had said he thought he had a right to point his gun at protesters.

The protesters had been from "Don't Shoot Portland" and "Black Lives Matter."

Strickland also is not allowed to take video of protesters until 2018, when he will first have to ask his probation officer for permission, KATU News confirmed.

Strickland's attorney had said an expert determined Strickland is at low risk of reoffending and doesn't appear to be prone to violence. But Multnomah County Circuit Judge Thomas Ryan says that doesn't alleviate the fear Strickland instilled in his victims.

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