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American Fork man defends his gun rights after cited by police(UT) ^ | 20 February, 2012 | Aaron Vaughn

Posted on 02/21/2012 4:45:39 AM PST by marktwain

AMERICAN FORK, Utah— An American Fork man says his right to bear arms was violated after police stopped and cited him for disorderly conduct.

Spencer Bergon is a manager at Walmart. He was getting ready to go target shooting with a friend and, while waiting for his ride, he took his guns out of his car to put them in their carrying cases. At the same time a woman walked by and got scared.

Bergon says the woman came back and circled him in her car at least five times. He says he knew she was calling the police. Bergon says he left the area but was stopped by police in a church parking lot. He was then interrogated for two hours and cited for disorderly conduct – a ticket, he says, that will cost him hundreds of dollars.

Bergon says his rights were violated and, although he does not have a concealed weapons permit, in Utah, residents are allowed to carry guns without a permit as long as they are in plain sight. He says the ticket is unfair.

“I don't blame them for taking the precaution that they did,” Bergon says of police. “They were very kind and respectful. What I don't understand is why I would get a ticket for having my legal rights to carry a firearm.”

Bergon also says he does not blame the woman who called police, saying he understands why she was concerned.

Police initially got a report from the woman saying that she thought Bergon was following her.

“During our investigation we found that was nowhere near the case,” said American Fork Police Sgt. Gregg Ludlow.

Police gave no real explanation on the ticket as to why he was cited for disorderly conduct.

Bergon has no criminal record and plans to fight the ticket in court.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Utah
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21 posted on 02/21/2012 7:57:43 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: maxwellsmart_agent
A goofy cop can make your life miserable when transporting a gun to the gun club, but not if you have a permit to carry.

I read that and thought "So, he's saying there isn't a right* to bear arms."

* Right
18. -- a just claim or title, whether legal, prescriptive, or moral: You have a right to say what you please.
19. -- Sometimes, rights. that which is due to anyone by just claim, legal guarantees, moral principles, etc.: women's rights; Freedom of speech is a right of all Americans.
21. -- that which is morally, legally, or ethically proper: to know right from wrong.
22. -- a moral, ethical, or legal principle considered as an underlying cause of truth, justice, morality, or ethics.

as opposed to License
1. -- formal permission from a governmental or other constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession.
2. -- a certificate, tag, plate, etc., giving proof of such permission; official permit: a driver's license.

22 posted on 02/21/2012 1:55:05 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Vaquero

Good story.

If it happened toay, you’d be surrounded by a SWAT team and perforated.

23 posted on 02/21/2012 11:29:58 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: marktwain

As a CCW holder, I really must hand it to you, marktwain.
Thank you so much for keeping up on these firearms-related articles.
It is appreciated.

24 posted on 02/21/2012 11:34:49 PM PST by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: RandallFlagg

You are welcome.

Someone has to do it.

25 posted on 02/22/2012 6:27:51 PM PST by marktwain
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