The Tribune on Sept. 20 reported: “Gun goes off inside Provo LDS meetinghouse. A church leader is recorded urging teen girls not to spread the news.”
Police stated, “The bullet went through the adjoining wall where young women were meeting.”
Someone could have been tragically killed and this would have made the headlines he was trying to avoid. The church leader actually defends the offender, saying, “It’s best not to even bring a gun to church. … However, in the world we live in and there are also individual rights to do things and we have to respect that right and so be prepared.” Wrong! The Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification website states, “Per the statute, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made public notice on January 9, 2018 in the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News of their intent to prohibit firearms.”
The Utah Code at §76-10-530 makes this a criminal trespass. The speaker should have told the girls he had no right to bring the gun there. This news should have been announced by the church, not MormonLeaks, to protect others, enforce the law and church policy, and notify all concerned this conduct is intolerable.
Arthur F. Sandack, Salt Lake City