August 15th, 2012
09:33 PM ET

Police: Moviegoer accidentally shoots himself in the rear

A man carried a gun into a movie theater and accidentally shot himself with it, police in Sparks, Nevada, say.

According to an incident report, police received several calls Tuesday night reporting shots being fired inside the Sparks Century Theater downtown, where "The Bourne Legacy" was playing. Multiple police units and other emergency personnel rushed to the theater, but officers quickly determined that only one shot had been fired.

Witnesses told police the man's gun had gone off when he adjusted his position in his seat. They said he quickly got up, apologized to other patrons sitting near him and left the theater before police arrived.

Officers later found the man at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Reno with a gunshot wound to his buttocks. He told them his gun - for which he had a valid concealed-carry permit - fell out of his pocket and discharged when it hit the floor.

There was no panic in the auditorium, CNN affiliate KRNV reported. Police said only five people out of the 30 in the theater even heard the gun go off.

The 56-year-old Sparks resident, whom police did not name, cooperated with investigators, said police, who added he may be charged later with illegally discharging a firearm.

On July 20, a man opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and wounding 58 during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." Former graduate student James Holmes, 24, faces charges in that case.

In a suburb of Cleveland, another man was arrested on August 4 after allegedly carrying weapons into a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" there. An attorney for Scott A. Smith said his client was carrying the weapons for self-protection.

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  1. Secure Your Weapon

    one of the first things you learn in any decent firearms class is don't just go carrying your gun around in your pocket because it's heavy and likely that it will fall out and could discharge.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bob Schoenberger

    I really hope they revoke his concealed weapons license seeing the magnitude of his irresponsibility.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jack Ledger

    "Wait until they get a load of..." *BANG!* "...OW!!!!!! My butt!!!!!!"

    August 16, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. no nothing

    great, more ammo (ha) for the anit-gun crowd.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Nah, just the anti-everyone carry theory crowd. More guns does not reduce gun injuries.

      August 16, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Docraider

    Without reading all the comments, Plaxico Burgess got 2 years in prison for the same thing. His didn't fall out of his pocket, it went off in his pocket. Stupid is as stupid does!

    August 16, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      It's not exactly the same. While both were carrying their firearms in irresponsible ways and they resulted in accidental discharges and injury, unlike this guy, Burress did not have a permit to carry his weapon. The simple fact that he had a firearm in his possession was reason enough to arrest, charge, and convict him.

      August 16, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Docraider

    My bad, Plaxico Burress. How soon things become blurred.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. atroy

    His "accident" could have killed someone.....He should be banned for life from owning firearms. Screw protecting his 2nd amendment rights...protect the rest of us from idiot gun nuts like this.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. MarkinFL

    Oh yeah, this is the actual result of arming every yahoo.

    On the one hand you get people that want to ban everything and at the other end of the spectrum you get the people saying that more guns should be carried so that we can stop the lunatics when they show up.

    The problem is that this is what happens when our population carries more guns. Remember these are the same fools that can barely be trusted to drive a car and now they should be responsible for carrying a loaded weapon in busy public venues? I fear having thousands of random people carrying far more than the occasional lunatic.

    Frankly, most of the people that want to carry are exactly the people that shouldn't. They are the ones that leave loaded guns on their bed stands and end up shooting themselves or their spouses or their kids end up with it.

    I'm not for banning weapons, but I do believe we need REAL managed gun control/ required training/ testing/ serious background checks. And get rid of the damn loopholes!

    August 16, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Beadlesaz

      Markin – well said. Unfortunately, you're up against those that think that big bad government is going to knock down your door in the middle of the night & take away your guns.

      August 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MarkinFL

    Oh yeah, this is the actual result of arming every yahoo.

    On the one hand you get people that want to ban everything and at the other end of the spectrum you get the people saying that more guns should be carried so that we can stop the lunatics when they show up.

    The problem is that this is what happens when our population carries more guns. Remember these are the same fools that can barely be trusted to drive a car and now they should be responsible for carrying a loaded weapon in busy public venues? I fear having thousands of random people carrying far more than the occasional lunatic.

    Frankly, most of the people that want to carry are exactly the people that shouldn't. They are the ones that leave loaded guns on their bed stands and end up shooting themselves or their spouses or their kids end up with it.

    I'm not for banning weapons, but I do believe we need REAL managed gun control/ required training/ testing/ serious background checks. And get rid of the dam loopholes!

    August 16, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Sorry for the misfire there!

      August 16, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. sgurdog

    Exactly the reason why I think our gun laws actually put people in danger.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. mcjny

    Herein lies the lesson the importance of proper training. Not just giving people a permit and letting them go. WE have a decent exam process here in florida. But here are a few common sense rules that I live by with guns. 1. Don't chamber the first round particularly if you have a safety less weapon. 2. Buy a proper conceal holster that actually holds your side arm in place, the goal of concealment is just that. This isn't a quick draw contest. Having your weapon too ready doesn't give you a moment to consider your actions, most people need that moment. 3. Remind yourself daily that your weapon is a responsibility, not a toy and not an extension of your manhood. Be smart and act responsibly.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    More of this story on the Ridiculist.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. geckopelli

    What an idiot!

    August 16, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. cWhatsNew

    The National Rifle Association, protecting one of the most profitable industry sector also fiercely blocks any government regulation on its product safety. The rate and incidence of gun discharge for one kind of rifle could be as high as 10 per 1700 guns sold each year, 1000 TIMES HIGHER than that of any specific crib or vehicle getting recalled.

    August 16, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. lwingate

    They walk among us.

    August 16, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
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