Pistol-packin’ theatergoer defends his decision
(Updated Aug. 8, 2012 at 8 pm MDT)
Jim Mapes, the man who was arrested last Sunday night for taking a gun into a Thornton, Colo., movie theater, spoke to a Denver reporter today at his attorney’s office.
According to Denver’s 9News:
Mapes was arrested for ‘investigation of a possible dangerous weapon.’ According to Thornton Police, the law states that a person with a concealed carry permit cannot ‘display or flourish a dangerous weapon in a manner calculated to alarm another person.’
It’s reassuring to know such a law exists in Colorado. and that everyday people who are alarmed at the sight of someone packing heat in the supermarket, for example, actually have a legitimate reason for calling the police.
In his defense, Mapes claims he’s been to the theater some 30 times in the last few years, always with his gun. He got his concealed carry permit in 1993 and has been carrying every since.
I carry because I am trying to be responsible for my own self defense. People say I’m being insensitive because it’s right after the shooting [Aurora theater shooting, July 20]. Well, if you’re worried about copycats, then I would be kinda foolish to leave my gun at home.
Mapes says he’s been bombarded with phone calls and has attracted attention from as far away as England and Korea because of his actions.
It’s tempting to think that’s exactly what he hoped to do.
In any case, he’s due in court again on September 3 unless the charges against him are dropped.
(See video interview on the 9News website.)
Update: The City of Thornton today dropped its charges against Mapes. The county DA is still reviewing possible state charges.