Utah gun rights activist faces felony firearms, drug charges

Bryan Melchior helped organize counter rallies to ‘March for Our Lives’ demonstrations

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  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 14, 2019 10:28 a.m.

    @um...actually: You missed the part that mentioned packaging materials. That is where he will be charged with intent to distribute.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 12:17 p.m.

    While I appreciate his defense of gun rights, I abhor his illegal drug use.
    Enforce the laws.

    However, in many states his possession of all the marijuana stuff would be perfectly legal, and thus not trigger his possession of firearms as illegal under that state's laws. The dichotomy between state laws allowing pot for medical and/or recreational use and apparently not restricting gun rights; and federal law which still prohibits possession of any firearm by anyone who uses marijuana in any form has not been resolved.

    If proven to be a pot dealer in Utah, then throw the book at him. If merely a user, then prosecute at the usual low level offense, even though it may trigger a lifetime firearms ban unless federal law changes.

    Do NOT prosecute differently because he is a gun rights defender, as opposed to someone defending immigration or abortion rights!

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 8:56 a.m.

    Is it legal to own weapons and possess weed in states where weed is legal?

    Unfortunately for Melchior he picked a state that is big on guns, but doesn't like weed. Then, there is the issue of dealing drugs instead of just possession.

    The Hispanic guy that had a gun and sold a little weed to an undercover cop ( a few years ago) got 55 years for his "crime." I wonder how much time this guy will get for grossly exceeding what the other guy did to "deserve" his 55 year sentence.

  • Butler slc, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 8:01 a.m.

    NRA "Responsible gun owners"
    This sounds like one, Drugs, restriction of guns, wow what do you have to say now?

  • Um Actually... Provo, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 6:56 a.m.

    So he was found with a pound of weed and a bong, and a bunch of pot smoking paraphenalia. Yawn. I didn’t read any evidence that he was dealing drugs. If that surfaces, he rightly deserves a stiff punishment. But in many states possession of pot isn’t a crime, and therefore the possession of a firearm with a controlled substance isn’t a felony either. I don’t see a reason why someone caught with some pot should face multiple felonies and have all his money and property confiscated. Unless the prosecutor can prove he was dealing or had an intent to distribute, he should get his property back and be let off with a misdemeanor and no jail time. It’s a waste of taxpayer money to lock up pot smokers in expensive jails, this should be saved for real criminals.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 2:31 a.m.

    What is the big deal?

    Don’t we all have $36,000 dollars in cash lying around our home?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 4:12 p.m.

    Every responsible gun owner is palm-to-forehead right now. Thanks buddy for standing up for the 2nd amendment...pretty sure the founding fathers weren't thinking of protecting your drug trade when they wrote it.

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 2:53 p.m.

    Weed and guns. What could go wrong?

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 2:35 p.m.

    Another responsible Utah gun nut. People that are so over the top with guns should be monitored regularly. They make responsible gun owners look bad.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Jan. 11, 2019 2:18 p.m.

    I'm surprised beyond belief.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 1:55 p.m.

    So a guy here in Utah went to prison for 55 years because he sold a dime bag of weed with a gun in his pocket. What do you want to bet this guy gets probation?

  • eldonp Parowan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2019 1:33 p.m.

    What a MAGA+nificent hypocrite. How about 3 cheers for law and order!