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Man Arrested with Gun in New Haven Theater Calls Charges 'Baseless'

Arrested New Haven attorney Sung-Ho Hwang and the New Haven Police Department both held press conferences on Wednesday, August 8th.

On Tuesday, August 7, New Haven attorney Sung-Ho Hwang entered the Criterion — Bow Tie Cinema with a gun on his person and was later arrested during a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises.' 

Today, Hwang held a press conference at his Audobon Street business, the Law Offices of Sung-Ho Hwang, LLC, during which he explained the circumstances that led him to bring a weapon into the movie theater. Hwang also discussed his 2nd amendment right to bear arms.

New Haven Police Chief Dean M. Esserman and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. held a separate press conference on Church Street, in which they praised the actions of New Haven Police, Yale Police, and Criterion — Bow Tie Cinemas.

View the attached video for more information.

Below is a statement from Sung-Ho Hwang:

I would like to take this opportunity the to explain what had happened. I have had a valid state carry permit for many years. I normally do not carry, but I live in downtown new haven and the movie was getting out at 1am, so I felt that I should protect myself since I was alone.

I have a special conceal holster that goes under my pants and the shirt covers the holster. There is no posting at Criterion at [SIC] states that weapons are not permitted. As far as the law is concerned, I have a right to carry there.

I understand that we are in a state of heightened security since the incident at Colorado a couple of months ago. I really feel for the victims and I pray for their family members.

I don’t think that the patrons did any thing wrong. If they did suspect that someone had a weapon I would expect them to call the police. If I were in their situation I would have done the same thing.

I would also like to thank the uniformed police who acted very well under a tough situation. They were very professional and understanding once they discovered that I had a valid state carry permit.

I was cooperative and followed all the directions of the police. I think that the Second amendment is crucially important to protect. When baseless breach of peace and interfering charges are brought against people that have a right to carry, it really threatens our constitution right to bear arms.

Larry Samuel August 09, 2012 at 05:54 PM
The "News" media, political/legislative and even juditial leaders have completly ignored the constitution of the united states. The video ended on the reporter's statement "that just becaule it is legal, that doesn't make it right". That was a stupid statement on the part of the reporter. The real story is that there are hundred and fifty plus illegal uses of guns in New Haven. The statement by the mayor " 30 gun murders and 100+ shotings in New Haven". The constitution in the 2nd addmentment says we have a individual right, amonst the right to bear arms. If the reporter was really interested in the real story he would have demanded to know how many of the murders and shootings were committed by leagal gun owners and what was the justice systems results in prosecuting illegal use of guns? I'll bet that it is zero or very few. The guns aren't the issue, its the peoples lack of values that use guns wrongly and it is the Political/Legal/Socialist that want to restrict individual responsibility for the individual. Control is power. If I were to text while driving, drink and drive, or use a gun not in self defense and kill someone I should get the death sentence. Our justice system and leaders have forgoten that you can not have liberty for all with out justice.

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