Top Utah gun lobbyist ordered to surrender guns

2013-06-04T13:06:00Z Top Utah gun lobbyist ordered to surrender gunsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 04, 2013 1:06 pm  • 

HOLLADAY — A judge has ordered Utah's top gun lobbyist to surrender all of his firearms within the next 24 hours because of the domestic violence charges filed against him.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( ) the judge gave the order during a justice court hearing in Holladay on Tuesday after Clark Aposhian pleaded not guilty to domestic violence in front of a child, trespassing, criminal mischief and making a threat.

The charges stem from an incident at Aposhian's ex-wife's house on Memorial Day when he showed up in a 2.5 ton Army surplus truck.

Police said Aposhian was in a custody dispute and tried to force a custody exchange. They said his 11-year-old daughter was frightened by his arrival in the troop carrier.

The order barring him from possessing firearms also bars him from contacting his ex-wife, among other restrictions.

Aposhian is chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, a group that's bigger than the National Rifle Association in Utah. He runs a firearms-training business and has become a high-profile advocate for gun rights in the state.

The newspaper reports Aposhian declined to comment to reporters who attended the hearing on Tuesday.

The Memorial Day arrest was Aposhian's second encounter with Cottonwood Heights police in recent months.

In March, Aposhian reported that a thief took a semi-automatic rifle from a box locked in his car overnight. The weapon is still missing.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,

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