He said the restriction either meant Ersland would be fired from his job or crooks now know it is "open season" at the pharmacy if Ersland is there. The district attorney said his position sounds crazy but under the law Ersland has the right to protect himself. At one point, spectators clapped.
The pharmacy has been robbed before, police records show.
The judge refused to change her decision, saying Ersland can get another job. "If somebody wants to be around him, they are not going to have access to a gun," the judge said.
"That's wrong," the district attorney replied.
The judge also said Ersland, 57, of Chickasha will be on house arrest if he is freed and can only leave home to go to the doctor, his attorney, court, the grocery store, restaurants, church and work.
Ersland's defense attorney said the pharmacy owner told him today Ersland won't lose his job. Box said more than $2,000 in donations have been dropped off at the pharmacy for a defense fund.