Police: Ohio man movie-goer had gun for protection

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio police say a man brought a gun, ammunition and several knives to a showing of the latest Batman movie so he could protect himself, not because he had sinister intentions.

Westlake Police Sgt. Mark Krumheuer said 37-year-old Scott A. Smith, of North Ridgeville, brought the weapons to a Saturday showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" for "his protection," but he would not elaborate.

Last month, a gunman killed 12 people at a showing of the same movie in Aurora, Colo.

Police say a theater manager and an off-duty police officer working security stopped Smith and found the weapons inside a bag they thought looked suspicious. Smith was arrested and remains jailed.

Krumheuer says Smith is expected to be indicted on weapons charges. A message was left for Smith's attorney.


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  • by Say What? on Aug 7, 2012 at 02:33 PM
    Notice how the story changed but the comments remain the same. IF true, then the cops were only doing their job: to make sure that the criminals wouldn't get hurt when attacking normal citizens.
  • by Redcanyons Location: Grand Jct. CO. on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    It'll be nice to hear the rest of the story, did he have a license or concealed carry permit to have the weapon, and was it posted at the theatre, that you couldn't take a weapon in? I would appreciate licensed gun owners, to have their weapons available at a show that I would attend. Like they say, "An armed society is a polite society"! To be licensed for a concealed carry, you are checked out by the authorities as to your record, and if you aren't squeaky clean, you probably won't get the carry permit. The people I know, in my family and circle of friends, that have a permit, are the kind of people I would want around me if something was going down and a gunman (not likely a permit holder, due to his record) was starting to assault people, or rob a place. If 3 or 4 people in the theatre that was shot up in Aurora CO., started shooting back at the gunmen, there wouldn't have been near as many people shot or injured! Don't disarm the legal citizen, beause the bad guys will be armed!
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      by Say What? on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM in reply to Redcanyons
      Like you expect AP to do a competent job of expressing the truth? Silly rabbit!! The reason AP & KKCO exist is to "change the world". (Advocate Journalism). AP is bad for the story. KKCO is doubly bad for posting it. If they were responsible, they wouldn't but neither are.
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