Gun in a movie theatre

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    Gun in a movie theatre

    Perhaps this is the wrong section, but I wanted to share this short story with you guys. About a month ago, I was at the movie theatre in the lobby waiting for my movie to start. It was a friday night so it was very busy, I'd guess there were maybe 100 people or so. This guy walks past me, and im not sure what his malfunction was, but he dropped his gun, very dramatically, in the middle of the lobby. The gun landed on the floor about ten feet in front of him, and he walked right over and picked it up like nothing ever happened. The part that kinda took me back, was that myself and one other person are the only people that seemed to noticed. The other lady was absolutely outraged by the incident, and I was just surprized at how he could have been so careless. I'd love to hear anyone elses stories of blatent carelessness of a firearm they've witnessed in public.

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    I've never seen anything like that. No excuses for stupid stuff like that.

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    He obviously wasn't using a decent holster. Unfortunately, you can't fix stupid.

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    That's why i added he dramatically dropped it, haha. He fumbled it and kinda tossed it in front of him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jesseyuh View Post
    That's why i added he dramatically dropped it, haha. He fumbled it and kinda tossed it in front of him.
    Double Fail.

    I've dropped a firearm once while I was in the process of holstering up at home. I was surprised that I was able to refrain from trying to catch it.
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    If he can't handle the gun with no adversity, how in the world could he handle it in a darkened theater in a crowd of 100 or so people to be effective in taking out a BG ? I know a lot of people will say the CC is not for the theater but for the parking lot, in which case why was he handling it (assuming he was)?

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    I've carried in theaters the gun(s) only came out when I went potty and that did not involve display or drop.
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    I haven't had any experiences with blatant carelessness in public, but the guy is lucky no one called the police. What are PA laws regarding exposure of a concealed handgun? In Texas, the exposure has to be intentional for the person to face criminal charges.
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    I can see a drop while holstering or unholstering, but randomly walking through a theatre? And, having it land 10 feet away, really? That requires a kick or a toss. There is NEVER a reason to be 'playing' with a gun, especially in a crowded public place.

    I can't exactly claim to be Mr Graceful, but I honestly don't see how this happens unintentionally. This is either gross negligence or this guy was looking for attention. Either way it is unacceptable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldpsufan View Post
    I know a lot of people will say the CC is not for the theater but for the parking lot
    Touchy subject in this part of Colorado. The Aurora theater shooting is what convinced my wife to get her permit.

    Guys, this is why 'Mexican carry' is such a terrible idea. Wonder if he was using a holster, period.

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    I dropped my Glock 19 once and kicked it across the street in front of me when I tried to pick it up on the run.

    It was a little embarrassing and I thought my fat old supervisor was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.

    To give a little context my supervisor told me to go back to my car and get the shotgun. I holstered the Glock and thought I got the thumb break secured but when I turned to sprint across the street I found out otherwise. I wasn't a rookie either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldpsufan View Post
    If he can't handle the gun with no adversity, how in the world could he handle it in a darkened theater in a crowd of 100 or so people to be effective in taking out a BG ? I know a lot of people will say the CC is not for the theater but for the parking lot, in which case why was he handling it (assuming he was)?
    Why is the theater any different than any other place? I carried into the movie theater to see Mr Peabody and Sherman (kids movie) Saturday night with my son; just like I do every other time I ever go to the movies. We never no when or where there will be trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyD View Post
    Why is the theater any different than any other place? I carried into the movie theater to see Mr Peabody and Sherman (kids movie) Saturday night with my son; just like I do every other time I ever go to the movies. We never no when or where there will be trouble.
    You are right about not knowing where trouble is coming from, but I for one would think twice about shooting at someone in a dark crowded movie theater. There are too many places for the rounds to go where they are not intended. To each his own.
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    Why do you guys always jump on stupid? Have you never fumbled anything before? Even world class quarterbacks fumble....
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