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So A Guy Walks Into JC Penny With An Assault Rifle Strapped To His Back...

Photos of man shopping with rifle at Utah J.C. Penney go viral.

Cindy Yorgason was in line at the J.C. Penney in Riverdale on Wednesday when she looked up and saw a shopper with "a large gun."

Yorgason said the rifle was slung across the back of the man in front of her. When she looked closer, she saw that he also had extra ammunition clips and a sidearm in a holster on his right hip.

"It wasn’t small," Yorgason said of the pistol.

Amid a "lot of raised eyebrows" Yorgason quickly snapped a pair of photos, which she said have been going viral on Facebook ever since. She also said the first store clerkwhom the man approached refused to serve him, and everyone in the vicinity "wanted to get away."

On Thursday, 22-year-old Joseph Kelley identified himself as the man in Yorgason’s pictures. Kelley described himself as a firm believer in Second Amendment rights and said he decided to bring the guns to the store to demonstrate that they are not dangerous in the hands of law-abiding citizens.

According to Kelley, the rifle was an unloaded AR-15 and the handgun was a loaded Glock 19C. He said he has a concealed-carry permit, is a former member of the military and contacted police dispatch before leaving his home to tell them about his plans. Kelley also said he was told that he was "well within his rights" and that bystanders’ reactions were positive.

"I felt no negative vibes from anyone," Kelley said. "I think it went rather surprisingly well."

Kelley added that he carries weapons to protect children and other people from "criminals, cartels, drug lords" and other "evil men."

Yorgason said the man’s behavior was in "poor taste."

"I thought that he was pretty much an idiot," Yorgason said. "You do not need to do something like this even if you are against any potential bans."


Added: Jan-18-2013 Occurred On: Jan-16-2013
By: smyle
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Tags: Joseph Kelley, virgin, AR-15, J.C. Penney
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States (load item map)
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  • This guy needs to realize that stunts like this only hurt responsible gun owners

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    • @thejshep Yu are absolutely right. I would be creeped out by this idiot too, and I am a conservative former marine. Carrying that rifle in the store was just a ill advised stunt to draw attention...to himself. hr embarressed the rest of us responsible gun owners. Just because he can doesn't mean he should.
      i have seen posts elsewhere from somebody that clams to work with him and the claim is "Two years in the Army, "Triple MOS" (whatever that is), and a tour in Afghanistan". More..

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    • @grunt Semper Fi buddy.

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    • @thejshep I disagree. One of the main weapons the media and government has in this fight is to portray both the gun and gun owner as dangerous. The more the public sees responsible gun owners openly carrying their firearms the less successful that portrayal will seem.

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    • @qb123 I agree. Our government is in full scale propaganda mode...with a willing and unquestioning media at their side. Thank God for the second amendment!!!

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  • I believe in the second amendment but carrying a AR 15 in a mall or anywhere in public is completely not needed. I have guns but they stay at home where they belong.

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  • Kelley added that he carries weapons to protect children and other people from "criminals, cartels, drug lords" and other "evil men."

    He also knew, from past experience, that the refund clerk at J.C. Penney was a bit of a cunt, and he wasn't putting up with her shit this time.

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  • You see I would not be afraid at all , especially if I knew that there were other people carrying firearms on them too , he wouldn't get very far if he tried anything , before some responsible gun owner blew his ass away.

    Now I would be more concerned if I was in a room full of chickenshit , pussy , anti gun , liberals!

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  • You're doing more harm than good moron.

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    • @Kalazam It is too late..

      Chris Christie is already for banning assault rifles...

      He aslo came out yesterday and called the NRA irresponsible.

      So are you guys going to try your luck with MiTT Romney and Rick Perrry again?
      Cause then you guys will loose again

      Or is it Chris Christie? I'd vote for him


      No way he would repeal any assault weapons ban.

      You guys are fucked

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    • @TEXAS HOLDEM123 New Jersey did that like 20 years ago. Any "prohibited" guns, like "assault rifles" had to be sold out of state of turned in for destruction. Purchasing any gun, especially a handgun, became a long and arduaous process. Getting a carry permit became extremely difficult. Lots of jersey gun shops closed their doors.
      That was all the intent of the state law.

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  • Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you should.

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  • This guy did this to push peoples buttons. He succeeded in getting a reaction. Is he wrong? Yes, I have a concealed carry license and that's exactly what I do, I carry my glock holstered on my belt. I own many weapons but I don't walk in to shopping centers with a rifle strapped to my back. This guy is an asshole and knows nothing about the weapon he is carrying, he's an amateur and a danger to himself and others.

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    • @i8pgump That doesn't mean much, trust me. I served with a few who had trouble figuring out the bullets came out the pointy end.

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    • @i8pgump Does not mean anything...

      Look at the second photo..The MUZZLE IS POINTING AT SOMEBODY!!!

      Alos you should carry your rifle infront of you unless you want somebody to rip it of you and use it on you

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    • @AnarchyReich You are not getting my point.

      You should not have your muzzle pointed at anybody regardless of it being loaded or not

      People do not know whether it is loaded or not..

      Which is exactly why people leave the mag out...

      Having an empty mag clipped in also kinda gets in the way of his story "protecting people"


      You are right about nobody being able to grab his gun. It is still irresponsible to not keep eyes on your rifle...That is no toy

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    • @i8pgump hes 22 and already out of the military probably a reject looks a lil plump for a marine and he sounds like a tard. reminds me of private pyle.

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  • Many things to admire about America, fruit loops 'open carrying' weapons isn't one of them. Are the good folks of United States still afraid King George III is going to rise from the dead and invade with his musket bearing Red Coated armies?

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  • What an idiot... He's a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment and so he is going to help screw it up for everyone? Don't get me wrong, as I think that this guy should be allowed to do this type of thing (as long as JC Penny's approves), however, right now with all of the anti-2nd Amendment propaganda going around, this is the absolute wrong time to be doing this kind of thing.

    If I didn't know any better, I would bet that this guy is either a government thug, or he is an anti-gun activist trying t More..

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    • @airspoon Exactly what I'm saying my friend, exactly.

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    • @airspoon

      ...or he could be a gun nut thinking he's making a stand for the 2nd amendment. Either way...dumb!

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    • @d2astik84

      Nobody was saying that it was illegal, moron, or even that it should be illegal. What I was saying, however, is that he couldn't have picked a worse time to fan the flames of fear. Right now, it's going to take everything we have, including possibly violence, to save our republic. The last thing that we need to be doing, is feeding into the fear-mongering by appearing exactly how the gun-grabbers want us to appear. That's why he likely isn't a 2nd Amendment activist at all, but rat More..

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    • @airspoon What do you mean "save the republic"? The republic has nukes, tanks, jets ... how will having a rifle save you if the republic is threatened as you say? Everyone says they need guns to keep the government in line, without thinking about how ridiculous they would look trying to fight the government if it did somehow become corrupted. Sorry but this notion that gun owners are freedom fighters who are the ones that know the "truth" about the government is complete Holl More..

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  • if this is indeed a real gun and not airsoft, this guy is an idiot, i would never have my gun on my back in public, some one can come and grab it,, even a curious child.... you carry it in your chest you moron.

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  • Assault rifle??? Looks more like an AR15.

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  • Great muzzle awareness there Joe. Try hiking the thing farther up on your fat ass back.

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  • Regardless of your good intentions, doing this is gonna scare normal members of the public shitless.

    Is it really necessary? You've got a permit to carry concealed weapons. Do that instead, and stop making people think another massacre is imminent.

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  • I can understand his message and his intent and I have no problem with his display,however I have a small problem with carrying a rifle of any sort openly in public places such as a shopping area. To me it just looks a bit alarming even as a gun owner, A sidearm to me is much more appropriate and yes I know its my right to do so with either but it's just a personal preferance. Fortunately in my state we can carry concealed (with permit) and open without. I was open carry with a sidearm one morni More..

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    • @gonehuntin
      Agreed. But am i the only one that is bothered by the fact he's carrying it with the barrel pointed down and out to the side? Shouldn't that thing be pointed UP? MAJOR safety violation, IMO.

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    • @picklethepug
      The idea I believe in that form of carry is used by the military for the simple reason of the ease in which the gun could be brought around quickly if needed. Its much quicker and more efficient than over the shoulder which is my typical "hunting" style of carry since all I do is hunt. He's former military also and would explain the style of carry he chooses. Your point however is clear and noted as he's not exactly in a war zone not to mention the fact that he may find More..

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    • @gonehuntin I agree, whether legal or not, the rifle is a little over the top. If I saw him with the handgun holstered, I wouldn't bat an eye. See the rifle, I get uneasy, considering recent events in this country. It's obvious all he wants to bring attention to is himself, no the issue.

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    • @gonehuntin It's empty. He'd be swinging around a useless piece of metal.

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    • @Chubba
      Uhhhh, I realize that as it's explained in the story. I was merely explaining to Picklethepug as to why one would carry a weapon in that fashion. Sorry you missed that part.

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  • The 2nd Amendment.
    What was that second part again ?
    Ah yes, "Amendment".
    It can be amended again - and with idiots like this walking around, it needs to be.

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  • With that retarded face I would think that kid was bullied and was going for revenge soon!

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  • To me, I don't have any problem with concealed-carry idea as long nobody see it. But that is ridiculous behavior, to go around equip like Rambo and making everybody nervous.

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  • I prefer my armed protectors to be wearing police or military uniforms

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  • Fucking wild west. Stuck in the 1850s.

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  • one word: pathetic.

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  • this guy's an idiot, i support the 2nd amendment but you don't see me walking into places with my AR or my handgun, i conceal my gun for many reasons, one its not normal to see someone walking around with a gun strapped to there side(unless in law enforcement and can see badge)

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    • @Lorenzo Dobson Amen brother.

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    • @Lorenzo Dobson completely agree

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    • @Lorenzo Dobson Well if you carried open, and more people carried open, do you think people would become accustomed to seeing it and then there'd be less of a shock to individuals. Then also, criminals that were carrying illegially would come into a gas station, see 5-6 people with guns, and think twice about capping the clerk and taking the $'s. Once it's "normal" to see - like we see police carrying guns all the time which is quite normal, then this doesn't become idiotic anymore. More..

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    • @philthy Damn straight!

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    • @philthy Let me guess you actually do not own a handgun.

      I am a liberal and I do

      Somebody who is open carrying will be the first to die when the shit hits the fan.Since the criminal will realize you are armed and neutralize you

      Somebody who is carrying it concealed will be hailed as a hero for taking out the bad guy

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  • You could also choose to exercise your right to pick your nose in public, but you're going to look like an idiot for doing so.

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  • This motherfucker is too stupid to understand that normal honest people are terrified and scared by his actions. How do these stupid assholes expect people to react when they show up with their shit?

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