Holstered gun draws attention on Main Street
A man with a holstered gun drew attention early in the week as he appeared to start to enter a Main Street nightclub, the Park City Police Department said.
The case was reported on Monday at 6:42 p.m. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said employees of the nightclub called the police after a patron saw the man had a gun. The man seemed to begin heading inside and then left walking uphill on Main Street, Kirk said.
Police officers found the man in a parking area nearby. He had a gun in a holster visible on his belt, Kirk said. The gun "was alarming to customers," he said.
An officer spoke to the man, who told the police "he knew he had the right to carry openly," Kirk said. He told the police he wanted the gun visible "so that people would leave him alone," the captain said.
The police warned the man, who is 50 years old and from the East Side of Summit County, not to return to the nightclub or he would be arrested on a trespassing charge. The man said he understood the warning, Kirk said.
The manager of the nightclub told the police the man had previously been asked to leave for other reasons than a gun, he said.
The gun appeared to be a revolver and the man told the police it was loaded, according to Kirk.
Kirk said the person who contacted the police spoke with the man on Main Street. The man indicated he was headed to the nightclub, he said. That person also called the nightclub.
Kirk said the man agreed to store the gun in his vehicle since the weapon caused alarm.
The Police Department determined there was no criminal activity.
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