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picture of a man in JCPenney with a rifle goes viral **pic added**
January 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM

RIVERDALE — The gun debate continues to rage, and one man has gained a lot of attention. A picture of him wearing a rifle inside the Riverdale JC Penney has gone viral.

The picture received more than 10,000 comments on the KSL Facebook page with people wondering who the man is and why he carried a rifle into a public store.

The man is Joseph Kelley, and he says he did it to show that weapons aren't that bad, but he didn't expect this type of reaction.

Cindy Yorgason took the picture while she was waiting in line to return an item at JC Penney on Thursday. She saw him and noticed other people looking at him, so she snapped a picture on her cell phone. She posted the picture on her Facebook page and people went crazy.

Yorgason says she never felt threatened by the man, but believes a place like JC Penney is an inappropriate place to bring a weapon.

"There are just other ways that are a better way to take a stance," Yorgason said.

Other people that commented on the picture had different opinions about the man carrying his rifle in public. Joe Herbalist says that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. He also says that he is a peace abiding citizen.

Mike Ford says, "If he's going to carry his weapon around he needs to be mindful about not just his own safety, but others around him."

Kelley was not asked to leave the store, and he was not arrested. Riverdale police said that they never received one phone call about the man being in the store with a gun.

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  • Euphoric
    January 18, 2013 at 5:26 PM

     Do you have a link to the picture?

  • pamelax3
    January 18, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Well that is because he was not a threat, just because you have a gun does not make you a threat to other people

  • little.worthen
    January 18, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Quoting Euphoric:

     Do you have a link to the picture?

  • krysstizzle
    January 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    So, does anyone else see some scenario where two separate people who are armed both go to the same place, making a point with a rifle, and disaster ensues? 

    Can people be responsible gun owners? Yes.

    Are all gun owners responsible and sensible? NO. 

  • momtimesx4
    January 18, 2013 at 5:30 PM carry is legal in Utah and done more often than you would think.

  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    January 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

     He is just one of many outrageous and devoted gun nuts.

  • Euphoric
    January 18, 2013 at 5:43 PM

     Ah, I didn't see the picture the first time I looked.

  • Kitschy
    by Kitschy
    January 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I want to comment on the article but I'm completely distracted by her last name. I keep thinking Young Yolanda Yorgason is Yelling on his Back

  • Angelica46
    January 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM

     That's a huge gun. Wonder if he was there returning something and the cashier felt pressured to oblige?

  • nb34
    by nb34
    January 18, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    If I see any one with a rifle in a department store I will get the hell out of there asap. I won't stand around to see what happens next. Gun owners in this country are loosing their mind.

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