Utah gun rights advocate appears in court

SALT LAKE CITY — A well-known gun rights advocate appeared in a Salt Lake City courtroom Tuesday morning for a status hearing.

Clark Aposhian was arrested on Memorial Day after an alleged incident outside his ex-wife’s Cottonwood Heights home.

Police said Aposhian threatened to bury his ex-wife and drove a 2.5-ton military surplus vehicle on her lawn, nearly striking her vehicle.

A judge approved a temporary protective order and a temporary civil stalking injunction late last month. Aposhian’s appearance at the Matheson Courthouse Tuesday morning was for a status hearing regarding the protective order and the civil stalking injunction.

The hearing was continued until July 16. Aposhian’s defense claims the Memorial Day incident was a “non-event”and they want a chance to present witnesses to prove it.

In the meantime, the continuance of Aposhian’s hearing means that the stipulations of the protective order and civil stalking injunction remain in effect, meaning Aposhian is still prohibited from accessing or possessing firearms.

Mitch Vilos, Aposhian’s attorney, asked the judge to grant permission for Aposhian to have a firearm in order to allow him to continue his work as a firearm instructor.

“That was not granted, but she is willing to hear briefing on that, so I’m going to do that in the next couple days and submit it to her,” Vilos said.

Aposhian is due in the Holladay Justice Court on June 26 regarding the domestic violence charges he faces in connection with the Memorial Day incident.

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