"Philip W. Taylor, a 51-year-old Orem man, was walking along the sidewalk adjacent to the mall with an assault rifle slung over his back and carrying a handgun.
Orem police responded to the scene after receiving several 911 calls from alarmed shoppers.
An officer approached Taylor and ordered him: “Keep your hands where I can see them.”
Taylor responded, “Utah is open carry, officer.”
Asked why he had a gun on him, Taylor again replied, “Utah is open carry.”
“Not open carry for an assault rifle,” the officer replied.
Taylor was handcuffed and detained for a few minutes, while officers determined the guns were unloaded.
"I would think you honestly could do that now. Utah law says anyone (who is acting lawfully) would be able to openly carry guns anywhere."
–Rep. Paul Ray
While Taylor was not breaking the law for carrying the guns openly, police called his actions reckless and he was charged with disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor. It was also not the first time police had stopped Taylor over carrying firearms.
"We dealt with him in the middle of December (2010), two days back-to-back for the exact same thing, walking down the street with guns that were not loaded, and in both of those circumstances, we checked him out and let him go like we did here," said Orem Police Sgt. Craig Martinez.
Taylor was later convicted, fined $500 and placed on 12 months of probation. Terms of his probation require that he seek mental health evaluation and treatment, according to court documents."