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Pictures of assault rifle at JCPennys creating buzz

RIVERDALE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – In the images, you can see there are several shoppers standing around as a man visits the cash register with an assault rifle slung over his shoulder and a handgun on his hip.

RIVERDALE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Pictures of an armed JCPenny customer are creating a lot of buzz.

In the images, you can see there are several shoppers standing around as a man visits the cash register with an assault rifle slung over his shoulder and a handgun on his hip.

One shopper even appears to be looking straight at the rifle while another, Cindy Yorgason, pulls out her camera.

“Other people in line were making all sorts of shocking faces, pointing,” Yorgason told ABC 4. “It was just something you don’t see everyday and I wanted to catch it and be able to share it with other people.”

ABC 4 wanted to know how other customers would act if they saw the same thing.

“Just avoid him and go in another store,” said Lisa McKay, a shopper.

“I’d be scared, you don’t know what he’s going to do or what he would do with the gun,” said Analisa McKay, a shopper.  “I’d go in the other store or leave.”

But other shoppers tell ABC 4 they wouldn’t leave or even bat an eye with seeing the assault rifle in the store.

“I don’t know if I would go up to him and say ‘hey why have you got that’ because he has a right to have it,” said Laurie Higgs, a shopper.

One shopper tells ABC 4 he regularly carries himself.  Though Robert Pinto prefers to conceal carry, he said he respects those who practice their rights even while knowing the controversy it may bring.

“He didn’t have his hand on it, it’s not like it was something where he was threatening it was just there as an accessory,” said Pinto.  “Some people carry a dog in a purse, he carried an assault rifle.”

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