In the world of gun nuts, there’s no greater honor than getting one’s concealed carry permit and making sure to be armed and ready to take down any danger whenever and wherever it may occur. A newly-licensed concealed carrier in Kansas, however, has become the latest in a long line of “responsible” gun owners to have an accident with his lawfully carried weapon.
Peaceful moviegoers were enjoying a show in Salina, Kansas’s Salina Mall Center movie theater last Friday night when they heard a popping noise. Heather Myers, who was in the theater, said:
“At first what popped into my mind was that someone popped a bag of candy or something and was goofing off or something. It took a while after the bang, but this guy started shouting ‘Oh my God, I just shot myself! I just got my concealed and carry,’ and then everybody jumped up and that’s when we heard, ‘Call 9-11!’”
Another person at the scene, Domenic Rabone, said:
“You could feel the concussion of the shot. I mean you know being in a movie theatre it’s a surreal situation, and I don’t believe anybody really expects it to be a gunshot.”
Myers says she is in favor of the new Kansas law that allows gun owners to carry their weapons wherever they like, but that the situation frightened her.
“As soon as it registered and I realized it was a gun, it scared me. I believe in protecting yourself, but it is scary knowing they’re in public places. I feel absolutely terrible for the gentleman that shot himself, but the first thing I thought of was thank God he didn’t shoot anybody else.”
The Salina police responded to the call as a medical emergency, rather than as if there were a shooter in the theater.
Watch a news report on the story below: