Utah gun rights activist faces felony firearms, drug charges

SALT LAKE CITY — The co-owner of Utah Gun Exchange who went on the road last year in a military-style armored vehicle to counter “March for Our Lives” rallies and town halls along the Florida coast now faces felony drug and firearms charges. Bryan Melchior, 46, of Sandy, was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with drug distribution plus five counts of purchase, transfer, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, all third-degree felonies. Officers served a search warrant on Melchior’s home on Nov. 13 and found 30 firearms, “more than a pound of marijuana,” “numerous THC products,” and more than $36,000 in cash, according to the charges. Police noted that because Melchior was in possession of a controlled substance, he was restricted from having a firearm. Three days before charges were formally filed, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office filed a complaint for forfeiture. It details that in addition to the more than $36,000 found in the home, police also seized "numerous silver pieces, coins and bars in 84 containers with an estimated value of … $12,987.90." "The property was seized because there is probable cause to believe it is evidence of a crime, has been used or was intended to be used to commit a crime, and it is proceeds of a crime," the complaint states. During the search of Melchior’s home, "officers located numerous guns, gun suppressors, pieces of silver including coins and bars in numerous safes, and safes which contained marijuana," […]

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