(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Clark Aposhian, Utah's chief gun rights activist and chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, appears in Holladay Justice Court on four charges, including domestic violence, for a Memorial Day incident at his ex-wife's house. Judge Augustus Chin ordered him to secure his weapons away from his home, car and person.
The 11-year-old daughter of Utah’s foremost gun advocate doesn’t feel safe anymore.
Ever since Clark Aposhian allegedly threatened his ex-wife and her husband outside their home on Memorial Day, the family’s attorney wrote, the little girl has had "obsessions" about her own well-being and frightening fantasies about "being stolen out of her home by her father."
In closing arguments filed in 3rd District Court this week ina civil stalking case against Aposhian, attorney Mitch Olsen wrote that the child’s "reasonable fear of bodily injury" and the anxiety Aposhian has caused his ex-wife, Natalie Meyer, is enough to compel a judge to permanently ban him from accessing his arsenal of an estimated 300 weapons. The case was filed by Ronald Meyer, the new husband of Aposhian’s ex-wife.
The arguments offer starkly different views of Aposhian and challenge Judge Terry Christiansen to decide whether he poses enough of a threat to merit banning him from the very things that have, for so long, defined him — his guns.
Christiansen’s decision, which is expected in about a week, will be the first indicator of whether Aposhian is seen as the aggressor in this conflict. His ruling could also influence the two other cases against Aposhian — his ex-wife’s petition for a protective order in Salt Lake City and a domestic violence case in Holladay.
I'm sure the ex-wife is making it all up. He couldn't be a lawful gun owner with a concealed carry permit who is also an out-of-control bully, domestic abuser and all-around asshole. Could he?