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'Open Carry' Teen Carries Shotgun in Colorado, Stopped by Cops (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Steve Lohner, 18, recently carried a loaded shotgun through Aurora, Colorado and was stopped by police after alarmed citizens called 911.

Aurora was the scene of one the worst mass shootings in U.S. history back in 2012.

Lohner recorded his confrontation with police on his cell phone and posted it on YouTube (video below).

In the video, the police officer politely asks Lohner for his I.D., but the teen refuses to provide it, notes TheBlaze.com.

"You're walking around with a shotgun and it's causing the general public to freak out," the officer says. "If you're looking for a conflict that's what's gonna happen."

Moments later, a second police car drives up, and another officer is on the scene.

“I simply carry this for the protection of myself and those around me,” Lohner tells the police officers.

One of the officers patiently explains that felons are not allowed to have guns, and they have every right to check Lohner's I.D. to see if he is a felon, but Lohner keeps asking if he's being detained for a crime.

Lohner is unwilling or unable to follow the officers' carefully explained logic that not providing I.D. is obstructing their lawful investigation of him.

Lohner later told KDVR that he is trying to educate the public about open carry laws, but said he was not trying to educate anyone about the Second Amendment when he was confronted by the police.

“I feel like a lot of people now they see a weapon like that and they think, you know, James Holmes or Sandy Hook,” Lohner added.

Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania countered, "It’s alarming to the citizens, alarming enough to where they call."

“He may be within his rights and legal, within the law to carry this gun but if we’re investigating it and he refuses to cooperate that may violate other municipal laws,” Fania added.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that officers do have the right to demand an ID if they suspect someone may be involved in a crime, but not necessarily have proof of their guilt. 

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2004 that law enforcement has the right to require I.D. when investigating a possible crime.

However, neither of these rulings seemed to matter to the teen, who saw the officers' actions in a different light.

“The police treat open carry like you’re a criminal until proven innocent,” Lohner told KDVR. “If enough people were to lawfully open carry in those areas and do it in a safe and lawful manner then these people would end up feeling comfortable around it.”

However, Loehner didn't provide any proof of his theory.

Lohner has been charged with a misdemeanor for refusing to show his I.D.

Sources: KDVRTheBlaze.com