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Man Brings Rifle To J.C. Penney: “Guns Are Safe”

A Utah man brought a rifle to a J.C. Penney department store to prove that guns can be safe in the hands of law-abiding citizens.

Shoppers at a J.C. Penney in Riverdale saw a man walking around with a rifle slung around his chest. He also had extra ammunition and a sidearm holter on his right hip. One shopper, Cindy Yorgason, took photos and posted them on Facebook where the images immediately went viral.


Yorgason believes that the man “was the in the wrong place and shouldn’t be doing this at this location.”

However, Yorgason says she did not feel threatened by the man with the rifle.


The man is Utah resident, Joseph Kelley who is 22 years old. He was carrying an unloaded AR-15 rifle and a Glock 19C handgun, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Kelley told the Tribune, that he brought the guns to J.C. Penney to demonstrate that guns are not dangerous if the person is a law-abiding citizen.

“I felt no negative vibes from anyone,” he told the Tribune. “I think it went rather surprisingly well.”

Kelly also said that he carries firearms so that he can protect children and others from “criminals, cartels, drug lords” and other “evil men.”

Many pro-gun advocates have openly carried firearms since Obama’s push for strict gun control laws to demonstrate that guns are safe.

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  • Yoga Lee

    Oh.. He just like the HITMAN!! Seems cool!!!

  • Mahbub

    I think, he just tried to demonstrate his weapons to the criminals and by that the criminals will aware about him 😉

  • Adam Kimberlin

    This trend is not going to end well…

  • Hussain

    Well, they did want to refresh their brand..

  • Liz

    Many people who die from gun shots are suicides.

  • Bresnan

    He brought the gun, but I guess that he left his brain at home?

  • Gracia

    This country is so ugly sometimes.

  • Povoloski

    Of course a gun is not as dangerous as a shirt saying peace no war with Iraq.
    The idiocracy reached another peak with this.

  • Favio

    Can I walk around with a nuclear bomb? I promise I won’t kill anyone.

  • Fatema

    Oh look, that man is wearing his pen_s on a strap around his back. What an unusual fashion statement.