It was part of a judge’s ruling involving Clark Aphosian who claims to be Utah’s gun lobby.
Aphosian was charged with numerous misdemeanors including domestic violence and criminal mischief over an incident on Memorial Day.
He made an initial appearance Tuesday before a Holladay justice court judge.
“I am not guilty your honor,” Aphosian told the judge after he was read all charges against him.
On Memorial Day Aphosian was seen driving this military cargo truck outside his former wife's home. He's accused of driving the military truck onto her property and leaving. Later, police say he made threatening calls to her.
“I believe the witnesses we interviewed are sufficient to justify the charges that could culminate in a conviction at this point," says Cottonwood Heights police Chief Robbie Russo.
As part of Tuesday’s court hearing, the judge informed Aphosian his former wife requested a protective order and he was going to grant it.
But then he asked Aphosian to give up his guns for safety reasons.
“You realize if there are any weapons in your home I'm giving you 24-hours to remove them,” Justice Augustus Chin advised Aphosian.
“I understand,” Aphosian responded in court.
Aphosian is one of Utah's biggest gun supporters and lets everyone know that as he drives around. On his car there’s a bumper sticker that states: “I am Utah’s gun lobby.”
But after the court hearing, Aphosian refused to say anything to reporters.
“When emotions are so high in these cases and you have a child and divorce and new marriages bad things have a potential to happen,” says police Chief Russo. “We've seen it. So that's why we take a firm stand on these cases."
Aphosian must inform the court where his weapons have been placed and if there is a violation, Russo says the misdemeanor charges could be elevated to felonies.