Police don't want gun cache returned to attorney in stalking case

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  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2013 7:34 a.m.

    Even though the extent of my gun collection is a .22 rifle I only shot on the day it was purchased over 25 years ago, I'm a big fan of the 2nd Amendment and the principles of the freedoms of self defense and even self expression that it represents. However, like every other freedom, this one comes with a requirement that the right be exercised with reasonable responsibility.

    In the case described in this story, I'd say Mr. Stone has demonstrated, in several ways, that he lacks the maturity and responsibility to exercise the right of gun ownership and should have his weapons confiscated. Especially since he apparently thought he, "...did the right thing" in shooting up the victim's apartment.

    Additionally, I hope there is some review process as part of the that will investigate his license to practice law. I can't imagine a scenario where someone with his demonstrated flagrant disregard for the law could be legitimately considered worthy to operate as an authorized agent of the law system.

  • Mr_Normal utah, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 9:12 p.m.

    I'll start the bidding on the Mac-10 @ $1,000... ;-)
    We know that the cops are either gonna melt them down for sewer covers or just stick them in an evidence room because they don't really want used assault rifles that may not be up to professional standards.

  • Shane333 Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 7:05 p.m.

    Some nice firearms in that collection. If they can't be returned to the attorney, I hope the firearms can be auctioned off to private collectors in the community.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Nov. 14, 2013 6:50 p.m.

    This is a crazy deal that should not be agreed to!

    District Attorney Sim Gill is responsible for accepting, or rejecting this plea deal. If he wanted to, he could hold out on adding as a condition of acceptance that the accused voluntarily agree to a permanent ban on possession of any firearm ever. Or, insist that at leas one offense be a felony for which a sentence of over 1 year COULD be applied, which would trigger the federal lifetime ban.

    I agree that this guy should never have a gun again. If Sim Gill thinks thinks he should have guns, then he should be willing to accept full responsibility as a co-conspirator if, or more likely when, this guy goes after someone in the future.

    Compare this case to the uproar over gun lobbyist Clark Aposhian who so many wanted to disarm permanently over an alleged trespassing incident and NEVER involved any firearms threats, let alone actually shooting up a home. I assume DA Gill will be even more adamant that Mr. Aposhian deserves to get all his guns back.