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

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


On Tuesday, August 7th, New Haven attorney Sung-Ho Hwang entered the Criterion - Bow Tie Cinema with

Today, Hwang, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, 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.

Hwang allegedly did not comply with officers' demands in the theater, hence the interfering charges.

This comes less than three weeks after  

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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 [sic] right to bear arms.'

Grifhunter August 10, 2012 at 04:29 AM
In light of the recent deaths it is grossly insensitive of you to suggest that this lawyer risk becoming a crime statistic to satisfy your gun phobia. Who are you to condemn someone to victimhood when they have the means to fight for their survival?
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 10, 2012 at 04:38 AM
According to the Lawyer, He brought the gun with him that evening, as he was fearful for his life AFTER the movie while on his way home.
Grifhunter August 10, 2012 at 04:59 AM
AFTER, during, before, whatever. He possessed the inalienable right to life, and no law prohibited to him the choice of a gun to preserve his life. We're all pro choice on here, right?
Chase Harber August 10, 2012 at 06:43 AM
So what I've read so far is that this guy was suspected by someone who does not understand the law, arrested by police who do know the law. Chose to not become a victim that day and legally carry his gun. Bece the victim of stupidity ...In recent events he may have been worried for his own safety and the safety of the ones he cares for, and for that chose to be a watchdog for the entire theaer. What a hero. He decided that he would not let himself or his fellow audience become victims of something terrible. Hwang...thank you. If you have a phobia of guns, there is help. Education and experience are the best medicine. To not educate yourself on the laws of the land, and to always stay in the dark about firearms is going to be a hard life. Education is out there, you just have to choose to per sue it. Everyone is afraid of the dark, until they turn on the light.
Johnnyoeung August 10, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I don't think he did no wrong. He has his pistol Premit to carry a firearm and it was conceal at that. What is the point of taking the NRA course and apply for your permit and you can't carry your gun. It's like me going to DMV to get my drivers license and can't drive the car what is the point of doing it then? I think he's entitled to protect himself if he follow the law accordingly with his permit which he did.


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