Criminal Justice

Charges Dropped Against Bar President Who Went Armed to Screening of Batman Movie

Charges have been dropped against a Connecticut immigration lawyer who reportedly went to an Aug. 7 screening of the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises openly carrying a licensed handgun.

Sung-Ho Hwang, 46, who is currently president of the New Haven County Bar Association, had faced misdemeanor charges of breach of the peace and interfering with police officers, the Connecticut Post reports.

Hwang apparently was in compliance with state law concerning firearms. However, his lawyer said Hwang didn’t immediately understand police were speaking to him when he was told to put his hands up with flashlights shining in his eyes at the movie theater. He obeyed the officers’ commands when he did understand.

The incident came in the aftermath of a July 20 shooting massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that was showing the Batman movie. A dozen patrons were killed and nearly 60 more were wounded. Suspect James Holmes is being held awaiting trial.

“When baseless breach of peace and interfering charges are brought against people that have a right to carry, it really threatens our constitutional right to bear arms,” Hwang said after his arrest.

Additional and related coverage: “4 Guns Found After Colo. Movie Theater Shooting Rampage That Left 12 Dead Were Legally Purchased” “Arrested Lawyer Had Permit for Handgun at Batman Movie, Says He Cooperated with Police”

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