Colorado man arrested after carrying gun into theater

A man who lives north of Colorado Springs was arrested after he reportedly carried a gun into a multiplex movie theater recently.

Police say moviegoers are nervous after the recent murder spree at an Aurora theater.

The 48-year-old Northglenn man in the recent incident was taken into custody after moviegoers reported that he was carrying a firearm strapped to his waist.

He was released by law enforcement officials after they wrote a citation and a summons for him.

The man told an area media outlet that he possesses a concealed weapons permit. The permit was issued in 2003 by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

He said he’s gone to area theaters many times carrying a handgun both openly and concealed.

He told a media source that he posed no threat to anyone in the theater. “I didn’t threaten anybody,” he said.

However, he was issued a citation after approximately 40 people were evacuated from the theaters at the multiplex.

The citation was for displaying a weapon.

A police spokesperson said people were “fleeing the theaters” and “yelling there was a man with a gun.”

Prosecutors are apparently reviewing the case to see if the man actually violated any laws. A spokesperson said Colorado’s concealed carry firearm law allows people who have passed background checks and received training to carry firearms in most situations.

The man told a media source that he’d been watching a movie called “The Watch” for about 15 minutes when the lights went up and officials entered the theater.

Source: Associated Press, “Thornton police arrest man after gun carried into movie theater,” July 30, 2012

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Eric S. AnyaEric Anaya has been practicing criminal law for over a decade. While attending law school, Eric was appointed to the University of New Mexico’s Board of Regents by the Governor of New Mexico. Eric decided to move to Colorado to accept a position in the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office. He prosecuted hundreds of cases in County Court, but quickly was promoted to prosecute felonies. Eric made the conscious decision to change his practice and his life to defending those wrongly accused. Eric has successfully handled hundreds of cases.

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