Skip to comments.Second Amendment Experts Say Lawyer's Arrest Illustrates Misunderstood Gun Laws(CT)
Posted on 08/17/2012 5:24:15 PM PDT by marktwain
Immediately after New Haven immigration attorney Sung-Ho Hwang was arrested with a gun tucked in his waistband at a theater showing 'Dark Knight Rises,' his lawyer derided the actions of police officers as "baseless."
Tensions were high from the start; especially since the incident occurred two weeks after a man shot and killed a dozen people and injured 58 at a showing of the same movie in Colorado. The officers had responded to the Criterion-Bow Tie Cinemas in New Haven shortly after 10 p.m on a call about a man inside with a gun. When the police officers arrived, they said, Hwang was talking on his cell phone. Police said because Hwang did not stand up and put his arms up when initially asked, he was arrested on charges of breach of peace and interfering with police officers.
Now, the case is drawing attention to a conflicted understanding of Connecticut's gun laws.
Gun law experts say it is rare to see law-abiding citizens openly carrying guns in public as well as getting arrested for it.
"I think these instances are exceedingly rare," said Danbury attorney Andrew Buzzi, Jr., whose practice includes gun-related issues. "For 40 years or so I can't recall many incidents, if any, of real open carry issues here in Connecticut. This isn't something that's been an issue."
However, other second amendment experts say when incidents do happen, the charges are typically breach of peace stemming from the lawful carrying of a gun. Those misdemeanors are tough to prove and prosecutors usually drop the charges.
Whether that happens in Hwang's case remains to be seen. He was arraigned last week and the prosecution agreed to turn over evidence to Hwang's defense lawyer, Hugh Keefe, prior to the next scheduled court date Sept. 5.
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Connecticut: Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state. Art. I, § 15 (enacted 1818, art. I, § 17). The original 1818 text came from the Mississippi Constitution of 1817.
Arizona really stands out as an example for any other state debating gun law.
The only people who recklessly use guns in Arizona are likely crazy or out of their minds on drugs or alcohol. As such, an armed citizenry are essential to prevent rampages of such people. But because the citizenry *are* armed, even the crazy or stoned are more self-controlled. With whatever mind they have left, they do not want to get shot.
In 2010, while Arizona did have a large number of bank robberies, the majority were “technical” robberies, in that robbers presented “demand notes” *saying* they were armed, instead of actually having a gun. A good idea, because had they waved a gun around, they would be a sitting duck. And having a gun on their person, if arrested, would result in a lot more punishment that doing without.