As a security officer for the company under contract to the tribal council of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, I would like to clarify information in a photo caption, supplied to the Star by a demonstrator, published in the Sierra Star Aug. 30 which stated a Chukchansi tribal security guard was holding a "rifle."
Security officers are trained and supplied with non-lethal pepper spray weapons.
Also, the story stated a security guard was holding a "gun" in his lap while escorting a tribal member to her hearing in a golf cart. That "gun" was a pepper spray weapon.
Calling the pepper spray weapons "rifles" and "guns" alarms the public and does not help to dampen down the present contentious situation. Chukchansi casino is a safe venue to visit.
Ron Hewitson, security officer, Oakhurst