DRAPER, Utah, July 11, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A visitor to the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium on Tuesday found a loaded revolver on top of a baby changing station in a bathroom.
Draper City Police Department Sgt. Scott Adams told Gephardt Daily the visitor to the aquarium, at 12033 Lone Peak Parkway, found the firearm sitting on top of the closed changing station at approximately 12:45 p.m.
The patron then notified aquarium management, who contacted the Draper Police Department. Draper officers responded and took possession of the firearm.
Later in the evening, the owner of the firearm called to claim ownership, Adams said.
After further review of the facts of this case, the Draper Police Department reached out to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office to review the incident. Officials will be presenting this information to the District Attorney’s Office, which will decide if there is enough evidence to support a criminal charge.
Adams said the incident is a reminder that there is a responsibility that comes with carrying a firearm.
“We would like to remind the public to be mindful at all times where the firearm is, and to always do a double check that you are carrying it,” he said. “It is a huge responsibility to carry, especially around children.”
The Aquarium released the following statement: “The Draper Police are handling this and contacting the owner to find out what happened. The Aquarium has a posted no weapons policy and the safety of our guests and staff is always of the utmost importance to us.”
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.