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Check Your Guns at the Door

A group of legislators in Utah were told, before touring a Chevron refinery, they had to leave their pistols as the door:

Then their tour buses pulled over at the gate to the Chevron refinery and four of their colleagues dramatically filed off to unholster concealed guns.
“It was one of those ‘Only in Utah’ experiences,” said Rep. Roz McGee, who, along with everyone else, watched from the bus.

The four dug out their handguns (one from an ankle holster) and turned them over to National Rifle Association lobbyist Clark Aposhian, who stored them in his car until they finished the tour of the refinery.
Chevron, unlike the Legislature and the University of Utah, does not allow weapons on its premises.

The identities of three of the pistol packers came as no surprise to lawmakers: Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield; Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Lehi, and Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman.

But several were startled to learn that Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, president of the lobbying group Utah Taxpayers Association, packed heat.

My big question is, how did they know? I guess these guys are more polite than I would be.

6 Responses to “Check Your Guns at the Door”

  1. GeorgeH Says:

    What else was to be expected?
    Chevron is owned by Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan government.
    In other words, it’s a commie outfit.

  2. Sebastian Says:

    I thought that was Citgo?

  3. _Jon Says:


    An interesting point to me is that it now puts those people at risk.
    Perps now *know* who carries.
    Part of the purpose of the “concealed” is that it be …. concealed.

  4. HardCorps Says:

    Exactly, every CHL should come with a big fat sticker saying, “don’t fucking tell anyone you pack or have this permit!” If you want to be political about your self-defense, expect the consequences of that action – they might be more than you expected.

  5. BobG Says:

    Years ago I did some work for the refinery mentioned; they have posted rules about forbidding any kind of inflammables or spark producing items. Any matches or lighters have to be left behind at the gate, and an employee who downshifts a vehicle that causes a backfire can be fired. I have seen a fire started by a pickup that backfired and cause a flash in a low area where some natural gas had settled.

  6. Joe Huffman Says:

    BobG has it right. I’ve often thought that a refinery is one of the few work locations where the employer has a legitimate basis for banning firearms in the workplace. I completely understand about not wanting any ignition sources in a refinery. If a refinery goes kaboom it’s a very high energy event.

    Clark Aposhian is one of the good guys. He flew all the way out to Seattle to teach a class so a bunch of us could get our Utah concealed carry licenses.