Gehrke: Even if you like guns, Utah Gun Exchange’s tactics against March for Our Lives is a poor strategy

Gehrke: Even if you like guns, Utah Gun Exchange’s tactics against March for Our Lives is a poor strategy

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Bryan Melchior, and Sam Robinson owners of Utah Gun Exchange, Friday, March 23, 2018. Every responsible gun owner — and there are millions of them in this country — knows that owning a firearm is a serious responsibility, so exercising that Second Amendment right is not to be taken lightly. Both points are evidently lost on the owners of the Utah Gun Exchange, who seem to care little about exercising either right in a sensible manner. The Utah Gun Exchange, if you are unfamiliar, is an online advertising portal for people who want to buy or sale, say, an AR-15 with a bump stock or a high-powered sniper rifle, without the headaches of a background check or waiting period. As the Utah School Safety Commission recently noted, a survey of incarcerated criminals in 13 states found just 13 percent got their guns from a licensed dealer . Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune The Salt Lake Tribune staff portraits. Robert Gehrke. As my colleague Taylor Anderson reported this week, the Utah Gun Exchange has taken to following the survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shooting around the country in their armored pretend Army vehicle to make the pro-gun case at various March for Our Lives events. It has been provocative, to be sure. In New York, the owner of the vehicle, Bryan Melchior, was arrested because the turret-mounted gun on top of their black vehicle wasn’t clearly a replica, as required by […]

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