RIVERDALE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Cindy Yorgason took a picture of a man with an AR-15 strapped to his back inside a JCPenny store in Riverdale. The AR-15 stands for ArmaLite rifle, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation website.
The picture was taken Wednesday about four hours after President Obama called for a renewed ban on assault weapons.
“He had the AR swung over his shoulder. He had a hand gun in a holster on his right hip, and he had extra clips on his belt as well,” Yorgason said.
Other customers were pointing and making all sorts of faces in reaction to the gunman. "It was just something you don’t see everyday and I wanted to catch it and be able to share it with other people,” Yorgason said.
It’s legal to open carry a gun in Utah, but it must be unloaded and it must take two actions to fire.
Yorgason posted two pictures on her Facebook page. They generated over 100 comments. The majority of responders dislike the man displaying a large gun on his back in a public store.
Shanna Matheson wrote, "Wow. This does seem a bit excessive. I grew up around guns and have no problem with people owning them for hunting but what is the point of this?"
Matt Pasley wrote, "Not necessary in my opinion but I do find it AMAZING that the gun just didn't go off and create a massacre."
Samuel Moore responded, "They government certainly carries assault rifles at the airports and major train stations, protest rallies, Kent State etc . . ?. ."
The pictures are going viral because the image is striking a nerve with U.S. citizens once again as they debate what is right and what is wrong with gun laws in America.
Calls to the National Rifle Association and JCPenny's media relations were not returned before this story was posted online.
CORRECTION: "The AR in "AR-15 rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. "AR" does NOT stand for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle." AR-15-style rifles are NOT 'assault weapons' or 'assault rifles.' An assault rifle is fully automatic - a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934," according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation website.
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