This makes me a little nervous. I don't carry guns with me, but that's the exact seat I pick in the theater if I go by myself. I'm 6'5 and I don't like to block other people's view of the screen, and if i sit in front of other people i tend to slouch and get really uncomfortable towards the end of the movie.
So, it's now an arrestable offense for me to go to a movie by myself and get there early.
In fact, instead-of dragging a bag of weapons along to the theatre, how-about you pick up a Kevlar t-shirt and wear it to the theatre to "protect people" instead. Cheaper than a gun! Less chance of accidently injuring someone else!
"Tattoos are the mullets of the aughts." - Mike Naimark
Lots of Second Amendment talk from the commentariat, but nobody seems to be asking how this fellow came to waive his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search. Think the off duty cop conned him into agreeing to it?
The charges listed look like a bit of a reach to find SOMETHING to charge him with, but CNN may have omitted some crucial details as well. Did the cinema list a "no weapons" sign?
Another story (cleveland.com) says 18 of the 21 counts are for possession of guns or rifles back at his house, which is presumably not within general vicinity of the theatre. But a case with "21 felony counts" sounds much more sinister (and media worthy!) than "3 counts," one of which was for knives.
I'm not usually one for sticking with the guy who was obviously going to shoot up the theatre full of people, but the dude shouldn't have consented to the search. The manager could have refused his business, refunded his money and asked him to leave after he said "no," but he should have said "no."
I don't care how bad you wanna see the Batman movie; don't give up your Constitutional rights!
It is illegal to carry a firearm on private property where the owner/business has a sign prohibiting it, concealed carry laws or not. We had to ask patrons about this at Gameworks on occasion, if someone was walking around with body language indicating a concealed weapon. Never had a problem with it, just a "excuse me are you carrying a weapon?" And if they answered in the affirmative, we asked them to put it in their car before reentering the premises. Most, if not all major movie chains have rules against carrying weapons inside. Some states may have specific laws against weapons in a theater like there is for bars. (I can't remember if our having a no-weapons policy was entirely by choice or if it was because we sold beer)
/edit My point was, that if I, with very little training can pick up on the indicators, this guy was likely practically wearing a neon sign to an off duty cop. The seat isn't the main indicator, but combined with an incongruous bag the dude kept checking/holding/clutching, pretty obvious.
With all due respect to DrDirt, my experience with congresspeople and their staffs has been somewhat different. Although they are pretty sharp and active, I disagree about their dedication, at least in terms of understanding the laws they pass.