Photos: Utah man carries plainly visible assault rifle into JCPenny

RIVERDALE, Utah – Facebook photos of a man armed with a rifle shopping at a Riverdale JCPenney have gone viral.

According to KTSU, Cindy Yorgason took the photos on Wednesday and posted them on her Facebook profile. They show a man in line at the store with a rifle slung across his back.

Weber Area Dispatch said a 22-year-old man names Joseph Kelley called them on Wednesday to let them know he was planning to carry his weapons in public. He told police he brought the assault rifle to the store to demonstrate that they are not dangerous in the hands of law-abiding citizens.

While openly carrying weapons is legal in Utah, many businesses have their own policies against it.

Store officials are now saying they’re looking into the incident. They haven’t released their official policy regarding guns in the store.

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