CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A Corvallis man who walked to his mailbox armed with a gun in a holster has been paid $5,000 to settle a lawsuit after a federal judge ruled that a police officer didn't have grounds to stop and frisk the man.

The police say the officer was suspicious about a man in a dark hoodie, with a knife as well as a gun, behaving suspiciously in a high-crime area near the railroad tracks.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled in September the officer didn't have reasonable suspicion to detain and question 31-year-old Kevin Hall, so the pat-down violated his rights.

Hall says he openly carries a gun to exercise his rights and remind people of theirs.

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