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Man loses permit after losing gun

Fri., Dec. 21, 2012

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Police revoked the concealed-weapons permit of a 61-year-old Tillamook man after he wriggled in his theater seat during a showing of “The Hobbit” and shook loose a loaded semiautomatic handgun.

A seventh-grade student found the weapon on Wednesday with a round in the chamber and the safety off.

Gary Quackenbush said he’s embarrassed that the gun fell out of his holster. Quackenbush said he always keeps the gun loaded with a round in the chamber because he never knows when he may have to use it.

The student notified adults and police cleared the theater.

Quackenbush said no one answered the phone when he called the theater late Tuesday. He said he spent a sleepless night pacing and drove to the theater early Wednesday, but police were already on the scene.


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