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    Busted in Ohio theater.

    Someone emailed me the following story:

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A northeast Ohio man brought a gun, ammunition and several knives to a showing of the latest Batman movie because he wanted to protect himself in case someone tried to replicate last month's deadly Colorado theater shooting, his attorney said Tuesday.
    Scott A. Smith, 37, had no intention of causing harm or inducing panic when he brought the weapons to a Saturday showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," said his attorney, Matthew Bruce.
    "With the recent shooting in Colorado, and the other incidents around the country in regards to threats, he felt that he needed protection," Bruce said.
    Bruce said he was referring to movie theater threats made after the deadly July 20 shooting in Aurora, Colo., where a 24-year-old man is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at a midnight showing of the same movie.
    Bruce said his client "felt a sense of fear" about going to a theater, and chose the Batman movie by complete coincidence.
    "Any weapons he may have had on him were solely for protection," he said.
    Smith brought the weapons to a Regal Cinemas theater in Westlake, just outside of Cleveland, and seated himself in the middle of the theater's back row a half hour before the movie started, police said.
    A theater manager and an off-duty police officer working security stopped Smith after they became suspicious of a bag he was carrying, said Westlake Police Lt. Ray Arcuri.
    "Why pick that movie? Why that theater? Why sit in the back all the way like that? Why bring the gun?" he said. "There's several unanswered questions."
    Smith was arrested without incident and is currently jailed. Bruce said his client has been cooperative with officials.
    He was expected to be indicted on several weapons charges, but it's still too early to determine what those charges will be, said Nicole DiSanto of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office.
    Arcuri said one of the charges police may pursue for Smith is having weapons under disability. He said Smith was taking daily medication, but he would not elaborate on what that medication is.
    "Our contention is that he's drug dependent," he said. "And as a result, he should not be possessing a firearm."
    The theater manager first noticed Smith and a beige bag he carried over his shoulder, Arcuri said. When approached, Smith told the manager it had medical supplies inside. He then showed the manager a portion of the bag that didn't reveal the weapons.
    The off-duty Westlake police officer also noticed Smith and his bag. After checking with the manager, the officer followed Smith into the empty theater.
    The officer said Smith consented to a search inside the theater. Arcuri said the officer was more familiar with the bag, and he knew where to look when he found a loaded 9 mm Glock pistol with two extra loaded magazines, Arcuri said. The officer also found three knives in the bag and another knife on Smith, he said. There were also medical supplies, but Arcuri would not elaborate on what they were.
    When the officer asked Smith why he brought the weapons into the theater, Smith offered to put them in his car.
    Arcuri applauded the off-duty officer for trusting his instincts and pursuing Smith.
    "For an officer to observe that, take the initiative, approach him," he said. "Basically, avert a tragedy if he pulls a pistol out and starts shooting."
    Police searched Smith's North Ridgeville home Monday night and found more weapons, including at least six pistols and several shotguns and rifles, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. They also found more than one bulletproof vest.
    Little information is available about Smith. He is married with an infant daughter, Arcuri said. His wife told police her husband was a sleep technician for some sort of medical research, but Arcuri could not elaborate.
    Smith also served a brief time in the U.S. Army. He enlisted in January 1995 and reported to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri for basic training that month. He was discharged a month later, according to the Army, which did not disclose why.
    Smith had no previous criminal record, Arcuri said. He said Smith did not have a concealed carry permit and should not have brought any weapon to the theater.
    "Our job is to protect the community," he said of police. "It's not his role. If there's a gun, it's because our officers brought it. It's not his job to bring the gun, it's ours."
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    Associated Press writer Lolita Baldor contributed to this report from Washington.





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    I do not agree with what the man did since he broke the law. However Mr. Acruri's comment is very disturbing to say the least. As a side question, what does owning body armor have to do with anything? Once upon a time I owned a vest per the S.O.P. Of the company I worked for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertborn View Post
    I do not agree with what the man did since he broke the law. However Mr. Acruri's comment is very disturbing to say the least. As a side question, what does owning body armor have to do with anything? Once upon a time I owned a vest per the S.O.P. Of the company I worked for.
    Policeman just making comments w/o thinking when asked I question I assume...

    I agree.

    Keep the faith brother!

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    They always try to throw in that they also found other guns and thousands of rounds of ammo as if that should impact the way we view the case. What does that have to do with anything?

    Yes it is unusual to carry in a backpack and yes having four knives in the bag is also unusual but doesn't make him a nut bar.

    He broke the law and was wrong to do so but the way the article is written and the statements made are a joke.

    It's the cops job to protect us? Really? Because SCOTUS seems to think otherwise. Really? Because you are doing such a great job of it already - you did a great job protecting the Colorado victims.

    It's the cops job to bring the guns? Really? Because the Constitution would beg to differ.

    He should be hung from his toes just for that idiotic statement alone.

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    .....would it have been OK if he had his "arsenal" in a http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...rm=man%20purse
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    Disgusting situation... Being medicated is now a reason to disarm somebody? That prosecutor needs to be fired.

    Does anyone happen to know if a movie theater can be lawfully off limits in Ohio? I always feel so fortunate that our private businesses aren't lawfully prohibited...

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    This story made me contemplate what sort of headlines will be written about me someday. I too carried when I saw Batman at the Palms. I usually have at least 2 knives on me. My home has a 'cache of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition.' And I'm on daily medication (folic acid). I don't yet have a ballistic vest though... =\

    I also agree that this man carried these weapons unlawfully - which is a no no. To my knowledge everything I do is lawful.

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    I thought about buying some armor from Craigslist recently...I must be a psycho.

    You notice they don't say what the medication was? Probably advil.

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    It would appear the guy did a lousy job of trying to protect himself with his attention getting method, not having the permit puts the icing on top. However like some have said I too do not go into a movie theater without a legally carried firearm. If it were to happen that I was searched they would have found a (OMG!!!!) legally carried firearm. With that, better search my home and yep (call SWAT) more legally owned firearms and ammunition. Do I dare mention the 150-gallon propane tank? Are hot showers are still legal?

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