published on July 25, 2016 - 9:11 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

(AP) — A Fresno County pig farmer who has previously made headlines for his actions has been sentenced to probation and ordered to get rid of his guns and ammunition in connection to gun charges.

The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2a7IW41 ) that 83-year-old Bill Gaede on Thursday equated the loss of his weapons to death. Gaede was convicted last week of a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

During his trial last week, Gaede told the jury he would continue to carry a weapon even if he was convicted. He said his Second Amendment right allows him to be armed and that he carries to protect his Squaw Valley home from criminals, roughnecks and wildlife.

Gaede previously caused controversy by cutting down a tree trunk that many Catholics believed bore a resemblance to the Virgin Mary.

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