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As Zachary Wellman left a Taylorsville apartment complex with a .45-caliber handgun holstered on his hip, someone reported him to police as a “man with a gun.”

When he arrived home on his motorcycle, a half dozen Salt Lake County sheriff’s deputies approached him with their weapons drawn. They talked and police cited him for disorderly conduct. The charge was dropped the next day.

Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, wants to ensure people like Wellman, who was wearing the same sidearm at the meeting, aren’t charged with crimes while carrying guns in a non-threatening manner.

HB49 attempts to clarify when a person lawfully carrying a gun in public, concealed or not, might be charged with disorderly conduct or other crimes that are not explicitly gun-related.

“When you’re trying to take away any 2nd Amendment rights, there needs to be some protection there,” Ray said.

Read the rest of Dennis Romboy’s article at KSL.com.

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