Photos of man with rifle in Utah store go viral

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RIVERDALE, Utah (AP) — Hours after President Barack Obama called on Congress to ban military-style assault weapons, one man’s protest raised some eyebrows at a Utah store.

An Odgen woman took some photos of a man inside a J.C. Penney on Wednesday with an assault weapon slung over his shoulder.

Cindy Yorgason says that even for a firearm-friendly state like Utah, it was out of the ordinary.

Yorgason took two photos of the man and posted them on Facebook, where they received hundreds of comments and have been shared more than a thousand times.

The Salt Lake Tribune identified the man as 22-year-old Joseph Kelley, who says he was trying to demonstrate that the weapons aren’t dangerous when handled by law-abiding people.

Kelley says the AR-15 he was carrying was unloaded, which is legal.

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