ABC4 News – UtahGunExchange.com, whose co-owner was recently charged with several felonies, has issued a statement in response to the allegations.
In a post on their Facebook, the UtahGunExchange.com said they were notified of the charges against Melchior,46, filed last week in 3rd District Court.
“UtahGunExchange.com is an organization that is dedicated to supporting and protecting our Constitution and the inalienable rights upon which it is predicated. In this honorable course, we have continually urged all parties to support, uphold, and sustain the law. We reaffirm that commitment today – we have and will continue to support law enforcement, the Constitutional rights to a fair trial, and every article and amendment of our Constitution, including the second amendment.
In support of that commitment, we would also like to remind all parties and media organizations that these charges have been brought against an individual in UGE’s organization, not against UGE. UGE is currently reviewing these allegations and charges internally to determine the most appropriate course for the organization moving forward to ensure it accomplishes its mission. Once we have completed our review and selected the most appropriate action, we will release more information on our selected course.
To our beloved UGE community, we would simply say that we are grateful for your past and present support and that we understand if these issues have caused concern. We hold ourselves to a high standard in serving you, and this standard requires care and trust that may have been affected profoundly by these issues.
As you consider your concerns, we would ask for you to also consider the premise that our cause is greater than any one person. Our results depend upon all people who share a united love for our country, our Constitution, and our freedom. Our strength is in our unity and organization around that cause, and it is to that cause that UGE has been and will continue to be dedicated to moving forward.
As always, we humbly thank you very much for your time, your consideration, and your support.”
Melchior, who is known for his stance against gun reform and for following the March for our Lives rallies, was the subject of a search warrant that was executed on his home in Salt Lake City in November.
During the search, authorities found over 30 guns, 757 grams of marijuana, 4,534 grams of THC edibles, glass pipes, bongs, grinders, packaging materials, and additional drug paraphernalia. They also found $36,247 in cash and 84 containers of silver valued at $12,987 (based on the court documents the cash and silver are said to have facilitated the illegal possession or distribution of a controlled substance, or represent proceeds of such illegal activity).
Melchior was charged with third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and five counts of purchase, transfer, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person.
Melchior is not a convicted felon but the restricted person enhancement is because of the possesion of the drugs and weapons together.