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.'

Frederick Klein August 13, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Even if you have a right to carry a gun, you don't have a right to bring it with you anywhere.
Leslie August 13, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Seems to me you don't have a right to bear arms or protect yourself. Look at the older man in Milford that was attacked and bit in his own home my a robber. He shot the guy and it wasn't in the back and he was arrested.
Edward Ayres August 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I think this man went in with gun to intentionally provoke a response. He claims his gun holster was unobtrusive, tucked under his shirt in the back of his waist. How in the world did patrons see the gun if it was so unobtrusive. Given the incident in Colorado surrounding this movie he should have excercised better judgement and taken in a different showing at an earlier time or not brought a weapon in the first place. I’m so tired of these Second Amendment zealots. Keep a gun in your house if you’re so afraid, but leave it home when socializing. Many people are uncomfortable around guns and just because you technically have a right carry one doesn’t mean you should. Have a little sensitivity for the feelings of others. I’ve never seen such a dull presentation of an argument in my life. I would never want him for my lawyer. Putting the jury to sleep during closing arguments will get your client a still sentence.
Oldblooeyz August 14, 2012 at 04:51 AM
He has a permit he shouldn't be arrested
Robert S August 21, 2012 at 02:25 AM
It sounds to me like this lawyer man used very poor judgment. For instance, we have a right to "scream", but it would be breach of peace if the same man were to have done so at that theater. In such a case the scream itself would not be illegal, but doing so in that particular circumstance would - breach of peace. Likewise, we all have the right to smash the windshield of our own car, or pry our own window open at night and climb in to our own house, but we can legitimately be charged with breach of peace nevertheless because you have to think how it disturbs the public. It sounds to me like this lawyer was trying to get himself into the news.


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