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Man Carries Gun To Movie Theatre, Gets Arrested

August 9, 2012 by  

A man in Ohio is in jail after he brought a gun and knives to a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” His lawyer says he wanted to be able to defend himself.

Scott Smith took a bag into the theatre with him. An off duty police officer noticed Smith and had suspicions. Eventually, police searched Smith’s bag and found a loaded 9mm, extra ammo and four knives.

“This was simply an instance where a man felt fear going into a movie theater in light of recent shootings and incidents around the country and he wanted protection for himself,” Matthew Bruce, Smith’s attorney, told Cleveland.com.

But Westlake Police Lt. Ray Arcuri isn’t convinced that Smith just wanted to defend himself. Arcuri believes that Smith’s choice of seating – he sat in the very back of the theatre – shows he was up to no good.

“What concerns us is where he was sitting in the theater,” said Arcuri. “If he chose to do something there, all his potential victims were in front of him and he had an advantage over them.”

Arcuri believes that officers must question the motives of anyone who would bring a gun to a theatre, especially after the recent shooting in Colorado. “When you consider the movie he was going to and what happened in Colorado, you have to wonder what would make him want to bring the weapons into that particular film. Our police officer did a great job spotting him.”

Smith was arrested on suspicion of illegally carrying a concealed weapon and three other weapons charges. Prosecutors have not yet decided if they will pursue the case.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • David

    So now, cops are mind readers…gimme a break.

    • Rocky Night

      Bring on the thought police! Orwell’s 1984.

      • GAManOfColor

        Thought police have been here with the implementation of Hate Crimes… 1984 was here and we weren’t paying attention!

  • Derek Schneider

    I always try to sit with my back to a wall when in public places. It is a safety issue, you can see everything coming your way. This gentleman claims he brought these weapons to the theater out of concern for his safety, it only makes sense that he chose his seat the way he did.

    • Grayfox255

      I totally agree with you. I also like to sit in the back where I can see everything. Every combat vet does the same thing. Are we a threat to America now after spending years defending her?

      • Antonio

        Yes, you are considered a threat now. The dhs has declared all troops “domestic terrorist”. By the way, you did not spend years defending her, you literally wasted years helping them to fulfill their goal for world globalization. They used you like a sucker for years. “MILITARY MEN ARE DUMB STUPID ANIMALS TO BE USES AS PAWNS FOR FOREIGN POLICY” –Henry Kissinger

        Did you really think you were protecting our freedoms? If so, then explain to me why kids cannot open a lemonade stand? Explain to me why I cannot walk down the street without getting pulled over? Explain to me why I have to wear a seat belt or else? Explain to me why they are reading my texts and emails if you were in fact defending my freedoms?

      • http://www.patriots-heart.com Bill Willis

        Sweeping personal attacks against members of the military is uncalled for. If you think you would be better off without them, you are sadly mistaken. It is because of these men and women that you are free to spew your venom. If you have a problem with American policies, I’m right there with you. If you want to lash out against the military, though, I will stand to condemn you.

      • antonio

        Billy, read the quote correctly before you start whining. I did not say that henry did so go read it again. The military does nothing for us you cannot see that? spewing venom is also against the law are you aware of that? whats the big bad ass military boys doing about it? You think they are fighting for freedom name one freedom they fight while in foreign countries. Are they protecting our borders nop, are they protecting us from unlawful searches nop, are they protecting us from being imprisoned for victimless crimes nop, are they protecting us from abusive police force nop. So what are they doing exactly mister know it all? They are protecting poppy fields, their protecting oil fields, their helping the UN to dominate the world, so basically they are just be used as henry kissinger said….just remember those words…”MILITARY MEN ARE DUMB STUPID ANIMALS TO BE USED AS PAWNS FOR FOREIGN POLICY” — Henry Kissinger
        If you don’t like that then take your tears to Kissinger not me, go figure…

        • HH

          What does “nop” mean? Do you mean “nopE” like dope which is what you are, a dope, so go crawl back in the worm hole you came out of!

      • awm

        According to Obama and the Left anyone whom protects themselves from the Left is a danger to the American people.

      • antonio

        HH apapernlty yuor the dpoe hree. If you connat unatsrend the pniot of a slpmie cnemmot and olny fucos on a sutdip msis selpld wrod. Now tshats dpoey…I hope u enjoy picking out the typos….

        • HH

          “If you connat unatsrend the pniot of a slpmie cnemmot and olny fucos on a sutdip msis selpld wrod. Now tshats dpoey…”

          A “simple” point is best read and understood when the words are spelled correctly.

          No antonio, I wasn’t focusing on a (single) misspelled word since you used the SAME “misspelled” word 4 times! Once would constitute a misspelled word, FOUR times constitutes not knowing how to spell!

          “Are they protecting our borders nop, (1) are they protecting us from unlawful searches nop, (2) are they protecting us from being imprisoned for victimless crimes nop, (3) are they protecting us from abusive police force nop”. (4)

          AND antonio, as long as we’re talking about grammar………..victimless is NOT a word, you should have used victim-less or victim less. AND since antonio is a proper noun it should be capitalized…… Antonio.

          HH apapernlty yuor the dpoe hree. If you connat unatsrend the pniot of a slpmie cnemmot and olny fucos on a sutdip msis selpld wrod. Now tshats dpoey…I hope u enjoy picking out the typos….

          antonio, I’m one of those few that can actually read a sentence when the words are misspelled as long as all the letters are there and the first and last letter of each word is in the correct place, and since you MEANT to misspell these words they would NOT be considered typo’s.

          Last point, you’re a dope for consistently quoting Henry Kissinger, who cares what that DOPE has to say anyway?

          • http://personalliberty.com Greg Huddleston

            Hate to burst your bubble on one point, but “victimless” is a word. Look it up if you don’t believe me.

          • HH

            Sorry, my bad! I was going by spell check. I’ll retract that statement.

          • http://personalliberty.com Greg Huddleston

            No problem, just wanted you to know. I liked your comment though!!

    • Cliffystones

      I’ve always been one to sit with my back to a wall as well. Some would call this paranoia, I call it smart. I seem to remember a story about Bill Hickok (old west) always sitting facing the door.

      • Almond

        Exactly. And Mr. James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok made general practice of doing so, as well–except for the last time that he mad exception [with his back to the door].

  • Steve

    I carry my gun all the time in theaters and yes, I have a permit in OH and FL.

    • eddie47d

      Which only proves how paranoid you all have become. I prefer to sit in the middle and enjoy the movie not thinking about who is going to shoot me in the back or the front for that matter. It also shows not everyone is comfortable with weapons brought to theaters for any reason. Several patrons got up and left when they saw his gun so maybe the gun owners are the ones spreading fear and making folks feel uncomfortable.

      • MRM

        Eddie47d, you sir, are and idiot.

      • http://www.patriots-heart.com Bill Willis

        Do you also suppose that the policeman is your friend? That man should be able to carry a gun, concealed or not, anywhere he pleases. The second amendment makes no provision for restrictive laws. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” People who are uncomfortable around guns have been conditioned to be so by the same ones who want to disarm us. God forbid a man might want to be able to defend himself. If more people had been armed in Colorado, that event might have had a very different outcome. It may have been avoided entirely.

      • waltinseattle

        were paranoid? our reality aware!! depends on your perspective. and Your perspectivve and comfort around guns are not going to KONTROL my 2nd ammend exercise. idiot? or not. But clearly coward.

      • eddie47d

        MRM: This guy is like that fellow last year carrying a gun in Starbucks and he made sure everyone knew it. If you insist on conceal carry then keep it concealed and stop offending people to prove a point. Maybe you are the “idiot” since you can’t comprehend it. Even you wouldn’t be able to know if that person had evil intentions, was grandstanding or just came to watch a good movie and wasn’t out to create a fuss. Try thinking before you speak sir.

      • http://www.patriots-heart.com Bill Willis

        In what way was this like the Starbucks incident you mentioned? Is there a narrative that I have missed? It was only after being searched, probably illegally, that the weapons were found.

      • Steve

        Not paranoid, prepared. I mow a lot of property and I always carry a gun on my hip as I have been threatened in my own driveway.

        Funny how not a single one of my guns has jumped up off a table and shot anyone. It’s just a tool, like the lawnmower.

      • Almond

        I can see your points, sir. And yes–besides leaving the guns [two: main + back-up] at home–the only other legal choice is to leave them outside in the vehicle: where it, and the gun(s) may be broken into and/or stolen, where the guns are then in the hands of a clearly irresponsible individual, vs. those of a proven-and-accepted legal [and responsible, in following the law down to the absolute letter].

        So the ultimate dilemma that legal gun-carriers who stop at any public venue face, short of leaving the gun(s) at home, is this, sir: either to be tried by 12, or carried by six.

      • HH

        @ MRM. You said, “Eddie47d, you sir, are and idiot”.

        Agreed! MRM, you are not the first person to give Eddie that label! I think he ought to change his name here to “Eddie47dunce”!

      • antonio

        @BILL WILLIS, Your comment in reply to eddie proves me right, again. The military is not and has not fought for our freedoms because if they had been fighting for our freedoms then you would not be whining about the violations towards the 2nd amendment. I hope you can figure it out soon.

      • http://www.patriots-heart.com Bill Willis

        @antonio 1) Nothing I have said proves you right. 2) I never said anything that would indicate that it’s ok to call me “Billy”. 3) Expressing an opinion contrary to yours does not constitute “whining”. 4) Your condescending tone is insulting and ultimately counter-productive. and 5) This is the last time I will respond to anything you have to say. I would appreciate the same courtesy.

      • antonio

        @bill willie, YOU WRITE– “1) Nothing I have said proves you right.” Yes it does because I have stated that the military is not fighting for our freedoms and that is when you got all pissy then you later state this –>”That man should be able to carry a gun, concealed or not, anywhere he pleases. The second amendment makes no provision for restrictive laws. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” “Expressing an opinion contrary to yours does not constitute “whining”. Your condescending tone is insulting and ultimately counter-productive.” An opinion is one thing yes, but then you start insulting me with “spew your venom” remark so basically you cannot finish what you started. Would that be correct?
        Even though you have your opinion facts always over ride opinions, and the fact is that the military is NOT defending our freedoms. The FACT is that the military is being used as a pawn to future their foreign policy. Thats just the facts…Never ever forget his words….

        ”MILITARY MEN ARE DUMB STUPID ANIMALS TO BE USED AS PAWNS FOR FOREIGN POLICY” — Henry Kissinger :)

      • eddie47d

        In neither case Bill Willis was anyone searched but the weapon was seen and the folks around those persons took notice.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jason.mench Jason Mench

        We are not paranoid because we carry a firearm. You are brainwashed sheep for not and expect others to protect you when it is your responsibility to protect yourself. I carry at all times. I am licensed, even though I should not have to be if they would abide by the 2nd Amendment. My Right to carry a firearm is what gives you your Right to bitch that I have one. So just say “Thank you” to all of us CCW’ers for being willing to protect your Liberal butt and you can keep cowering under something when the SHTF.

      • Vicki

        Eddie47d calls us paranoid. That is a perfect example of projection. Eddie47d demonstrates paranoia by being afraid of either the gun or those of us who are carrying a gun.

      • Vicki

        Eddie47d writes:
        “If you insist on conceal carry then keep it concealed and stop offending people to prove a point. ”

        We can’t offend you (or people). We have no power to do so. YOU can choose to take offense or not. Thus you have TOTAL power to NOT be offended. Take the reigns of power and choose to NOT be offended.

        Note to readers. This rule can also be applied to all “PC speech”.

      • eddie47d

        When the shooting started in the movie theater in Aurora the few in the audience that saw him thought he was part of the show. That his weapons were part of the act so use some common sense Vickie and others. It is not always what YOU think.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jason.mench Jason Mench

          Eddie, there have been multiple witnesses that have stated, and stuck to, their stories of someone helping the shooter in the side door and a second person throwing a smoke bomb and shooting too. Why is the media not reporting this? Because they want you sheeple to believe what you are told to believe.

      • eddie47d

        You lost the whole point Jason and as you always go for YOUR rights and not why it happened.

      • Larry

        U do know that the article said the gun and knives were in a bag so no one saw them in order to leave.I think more people would feel more comfortable if someone had a gun showing outright.I hike in the woods alot and carry for cougar and bear protection and always walk in stores on the way and never has anyone complained.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jason.mench Jason Mench

        Eddie, it happened because they needed something else to blame on the 2nd Amendment to try and take away our guns since they screwed up on the Fast and Furious False Flag event. Not to hard to figure out if you know that they are a bunch of criminal psychopaths.

    • WILDFIRE

      @eddie – I sincerely hope the day comes when some criminal thug places a gun to your temple or a knife to your throat. Knowing that regardless to if you comply with the thugs demands, he is going to kill you anyway so you cannot identify the thug.

      All the while by-standers with side arms watch and cheer the thug on and say “Well, he should have armed himself”.

      Society will be a whole lot better with a lot less idiots like you in circulation.

    • Jon

      The article did not say is the person was licensed for concealed carry. It could make a difference.

      • HH

        According to this article the man in question DID NOT have permit to carry.

        http://wzakcleveland.com/3475905/wtf-man-arrested-with-gun-knives-in-cleveland-theater/

      • antonio

        Every US citizen is authorized or “licensed” to openly carry a firearm (2nd amendment), however, since the US military has not stood up against the dismantling of our constitutional freedoms, you longer have that freedom….
        Thanks troops for protecting our freedoms, henry kissinger appreciates it.

      • Vicki

        Rechecking the 2nd amendment. Hmmmm.. No restrictions on how they are carried. Permits are used to infringe on the rights of people all the time. All those states that are not “shall issue”. All those states that charge (a lot if you are poor) for the “permits”.

        There are many other examples.

      • Rick

        Antonio, Please disconnect yourself from Kissinger’s gentals you said it once that was more than enough now it is starting to sound foolish. I also think it was probably taken out of context, Besides what does it have to do with this story? It is about the guy bringing his gun to the movie and sitting with his back to the wall. Which, I also bet the cop did as well for the same reason.

    • Dave M

      I’m licensed to carry but almost never do. ‘Til now. Times are getting crazy.

  • T. Jefferson

    I always sit in the back. That way I can keep an eye on the rabble down front, Also, did he have a concealed carry permit?

  • tim

    I always try to sit with my back against the wall. I carry concealed everywhere I go as I do have a permit. Another case of police jumping to conclusions and he was probably searched illegally.

    • Larry

      The problem was that he brought them in in a bag.He didn’t have a concealed carry.If he wanted to feel safe he should have came with it visibal.I would almost bet u that most theaters now will allow them in now minus the liberal owned ones that is.So if they didn’t allow it and u feel the need then don’tfrequent their establishment.It will be those theaters that will be targeted then anyway

  • TWS Arch Angel

    Stand for nothing and you will fall for anything.

  • dan

    shhhh…NAZI cops in Ohio. my personal experience with the Ohio State Gestapo
    indicates a cop culture that the general public/citizens don’t agree with
    (i.e. :the Grand Jury’s)….why do you think they film the despicable but often
    imitated Top Cops there. Rights…you got no rights boy…get down…GET DOWN.

  • george

    this shows of things to come. Thought police, scare tactics, violation of rights. the list goes on. Be aware of future laws.

  • TheTruthHurts

    But wouldn’t sitting in the front be the best strategic position? No one would be able to leave bc the exit would be blocked by a gunman, a lone gunman…

    • Rick

      Isn’t there where the nt in Colorado was positioned down front? I still bet the cop was in the back too and for the same reason.

  • Sirian

    If this guy has a “CCP”, as I, then more than likely the charges may be reduced or negated. If not, different story altogether. In one way, understandable move on his part. A self induced fear has a tendency to lead to such actions. In the other though, very foolish – concealing his “defensive weapons” in a satchel – please! It’s neither mentioned by Nash nor the article listed at Cleveland.com as to whether or not he has a “CCP”. With that, sit back and wait. Speculation is in control for now.

    • Larry

      I do believe for a ccp u have to have it holstered on your person.I am for open carry and concealed carry but for the point of this article he had them in a bag and that is what drew the cop to him.Personally I have to give the cop some cudos because now as we don’t know his true motives he did do it the wrong way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mlehman1987 Mark Lehman

    If this was only about guns, I’d be with you guys, but why did he have multiple knives? That doesn’t exactly fall under “conceal carry”. They were right to pull him out of there. He crossed the line.

    • http://www.patriots-heart.com Bill Willis

      How many knives should we be “allowed” to carry?

    • Almond

      Not entirely, sir: depending on the state, knives, clubs, and such are also allowed by CCPs–and even then, in still other states, fixed-blade knives, particularly more than “x” inches long, are still illegal on one’s person–to be saved for just individual pursuits out in the country [e.g., hunting/fishing].

      Now, moving from facts, and going to my opinion: while I understand his reason for having a knife as a back-up defense weapon to his pistol, I do question his reason(s?) for his having brought more knives than just one; the two guesses that I can make are: 1) in case he sequentially lost each preceeding weapon and was still in self-defense fighting condition; or 2) in case he could arm other patrons, in order to help fight off the foe(s)–and thereby, as said in security circles, “stop the threat.”

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  • RichE

    That’s funny, “a gun, extra ammo, and four knives”. Like the guy’s going to have a knife in each hand, foot and the gun would be where? Extra ammo and not extra magazines? The guy’s an idiot. Typical untrained macho gun-nut.

  • Tom Cook

    Personally I have no interest in what some fat lazy police lieutenant thinks; he’s not even the one who shows up to mark the pavement where bodies lay. I shall take my little Seecamp EVERYWHERE I go because there will be more shooters and everyone with the slightest bit of common sense realizes that the psychotics will go where the sheep have no protection.

    • Larry

      Actually I think this was another setup by by the liberals to get more people scared of guns. I say setup

  • Larry

    We (two couples) saw Dark Knight last Friday. All 4 of us have conceal carry permits & all 4 of us were armed. The wifes usually don’t carry their weapons when with us husbands but both did this time as they had Aurora on their mind. None of us are paranoid & none of us are even scared. What have we got to be scared about? We can take care of ourselves.

    • Almond

      Amen, sir.

      God bless–and have a safe day.

    • Joe B

      Amen!

    • http://personalliberty.com Greg Huddleston

      That’s great to hear! Good for you all. We need more of us out there, maybe bad things like this wouldn’t happen to innocent people!

  • SSG Eric

    Some of y’all are killin’ me on here! I carry concealed at all times, and I carry multiple knives at all times. Usually just two, but I have carried more than that. The weapon you most desperately need is the one you don’t have. The bottom line here is that, if he was a CCL holder, he was LEGALLY carrying. I don’t know what the law is in Ohio, but here in Texas you can carry a knife, or knives, without a permit. The only restriction on a pocket knife is the length of the blade- 5″s. But you can where a fixed blade sheath knife with a blade longer than that…. Common sense need not make an appearance. As for choice of seat- I’m a combat vet, with multiple tours in places where people were trying to kill me 24/7. I always, ALWAYS, no matter where I am, sit with my back against a wall. With a clear view of everyone in the room, and all access points. My wife has gotten so used to this that when we go somewhere, like a restaurant, she requests the correct booth or table. It’s what’s known as a “tactical mindset”. It helps keep us safe, and it allows me peace of mind. As far as the search goes- the only LEGAL way they searched him was with his permission. Anything else, and the cops were the paranoid ones. And in breach of the Constitution, in multiple ways. The only way anyone in that theatre was scared, or intimidated, was through the actions of the police. I smell a law suit comin’ on…..

    • Almond

      Yes, sir, Staff: my wife kindly allows me the seat that is “back-to-the wall,” as she knows that I will notice and react, Gracious Lord forbid should the worst happen in our midst.

      You do carry more than one knife? Indeed, sir. I stand by for an education on this principle. Is it for the same reason to carry more than one gun? Guess the answer is, “Yes.”

      …And we can carry a fixed-blade knife here [in Texas]? I thought we couldn’t. Thank you, indeed, for your having passed along that good news. All this while, I thought that I had to leave my cool belt-knives at home–thanks!

  • PaulG.

    I’ll agree with his fear, but the gun could have been in his waistband or ankle holster & one knife should have been enough. Carrying a bag of weapons really is a bit strange in this case. Now since the right to keep and bear arms is protected by the bill of rights & no one was hurt nor were attempts by the individual to hurt or frighten anyone that should be the end of it.

  • HH

    Thanks for the article Bryan, I really don’t agree with the Westlake police department’s thinking on this.

    “Westlake Police Lt. Ray Arcuri isn’t convinced that Smith just wanted to defend himself. Arcuri believes that Smith’s choice of seating – he sat in the very back of the theatre – shows he was up to no good”.

    Since when did sitting in the back of a theater mean you were up to “no good”?

    “What concerns us is where he was sitting in the theater,” said Arcuri. “If he chose to do something there, all his potential victims were in front of him and he had an advantage over them.”

    Didn’t the Aurora shooter pose his attack from the FRONT of the theater?

    “Arcuri believes that officers must question the motives of anyone who would bring a gun to a theatre, especially after the recent shooting in Colorado”.

    ESPECIALLY after what happened in Colorado? Let’s see………. what happened in Colorado? A crazed gunman opened fire on a theater full of UNARMED patrons and NO ONE was there with a gun to try to stop it!

    “When you consider the movie he was going to and what happened in Colorado, you have to wonder what would make him want to bring the weapons into that particular film”.

    When you consider? 12 dead, 40+ injured, no one to there to shoot back? I considered it and I believe I’d want to have my gun with me EVERY WHERE I go!!!

    “Our police officer did a great job spotting him.”

    No, the cop didn’t to a “great” job, the man with the weapon’s did a poor job of concealment or the cop never would have know he had any weapons!

    • antonio

      HH, excellent points man. You should write ray arcuri a letter and tell him just that!! Go for it and let him know what some of us citizens think about that.

    • Larry

      Yes HH much better way to point it out.Thumbs up to ya.

  • JimH

    I have a concealed carry permit. But if there is a place I feel I may be in danger,I don’t go there.

    • HH

      Good plan JimH, be smart AND safe. How does the saying go? If you don’t go looking for trouble you will probably not find any………….. or something to that effect!

    • antonio

      sometimes those danger zones are actually pretty good places and the places that you go thinking that their all “safe” is where the crap is gonna hit the fan…

      • JimH

        Hi Antonio, Your right. Just because it “should” be a safe place, doesn’t mean you should let down you guard. Good point.

      • Juan Ra

        Antonio, be a darling and please post the whole paragraph or page where you found the:[ "MILITARY MEN ARE DUMB STUPID ANIMALS TO BE USES AS PAWNS FOR FOREIGN POLICY” –Henry Kissinger]-quote. I bet the entire discourse will be self explaining. I really hate when cotton candy preachers cherry pick ‘quotes’ to ‘prove the point’ and leave ‘context out’. OOOPPPSSS I did it again. Sorry about the excessive use of quotes and CAPITAL letter. Bad habits die hard. I know is ruede and offends people, I don’t mind you misspelling some words, if you can overluuk tha unes I mixpell ebery unze in a whuile.

  • GAManOfColor

    Carrying a gun and bullets in a paper bag… Yes! Please question the shifty eyed looking person who goes to a movie by himself and sits in the back of the theater. If he doesn’t have a permit then arrest him. If he has a concealed carry permit them let him watch the movie… and please stay close to watch him as part of your job Mr. Police officer.

    • HH

      I think the comments about this case would have been a lot different if Mr. Nash had included that this man did not have a carry permit. I googled this case and found that several different new agencies reported that the man DID NOT have a permit, Mr. Nash, why didn’t you belay that information on to us? Did you not know? Don’t you think that information is important? Actually that’s the FIRST thing I wanted to know when I was reading this article!

      I have no problem with a person carrying their gun in a sack as long as they are permitted and keep it concealed, obviously he did not keep it concealed.

      “Yes! Please question the shifty eyed looking person who goes to a movie by himself and sits in the back of the theater. If he doesn’t have a permit then arrest him. If he has a concealed carry permit them let him watch the movie… and please stay close to watch him as part of your job Mr. Police officer”.

      Good comment GAManOfColor, but if he didn’t keep it concealed he still needs to be arrested.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.mench Jason Mench

    Ohio’s gun laws and some of their cops are one of the big reasons that I do not work in Cleveland anymore. They are Orwellian to say the least. I am an CCW holder in multiple States and ex-Military and I teach firearms in my home State and Ohio will still not allow me to carry and they have more Victim Disarmament Zones than any other Midwest State. I will never go anywhere unarmed. Just as much to protect myself from the Police State Jackbooted Brownshirts as the Non-Badged criminals.

  • TML

    “Scott Smith took a bag into the theatre with him.”

    Don’t be stupid about it people…. Geez!

  • Karolyn

    I wonder if the theater had a rule against bringing weapons in. In NC, you cannot bring a gun into a place you pay to enter.

    • Vicki

      Karolyn writes:
      ” In NC, you cannot bring a gun into a place you pay to enter.”

      Do those places have armed security? If not then why not? Maybe they think a gun-free zone protects itself? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7pGt_O1uM8

  • http://personalliberty.com Greg Huddleston

    Every law abiding American should be able to carry concealed, with a license, to feel safe, and to protect themselves, their families, friends, and others around them who are not able to. Especially in these days and times. Just think, if there would have been one or two concealed carry people in the theater in Colorado, things may have turned out a lot more positive and a lot of lives could have been saved!

  • Dad

    Yes, let let the gestapo set up the next massacre… After Obama hands US soverienty to UN foreigners, we’ll have to ask the orientals and the arabs if we can carry a stick.

  • paul savage

    Wait a minute, didn’t the Colorado guy sit in the front? So, if this guy sat in the front the cops would have left him alone? Or is it the middle where they might have left him alone.

    It’s a tuff call, but I think we will see more folks who go out in public arming themselves to protect their family. My family is grow, but given what seems to be happening, I would most likely carry to make sure my family was protected. I’m beginning to think there are more cookoos than cops

  • Chris

    I was reading the earlier comments about where to sit in a theater. I always sit against the wall, and I bet if Abraham Lincoln had it to do again, he would too!

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