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Thornton Man Will Not Face Charges After Bringing Gun Into Movie Theater

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Jim Mapes was charged for bringing a gun into a Thornton movie theater. Those charges were eventually dropped. (credit: CBS)

Jim Mapes was charged for bringing a gun into a Thornton movie theater. Those charges were eventually dropped. (credit: CBS)

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THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4)- A man who carried a gun into a movie theater in Thornton will not face charges.

James Mapes said he has learned that prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges of displaying a firearm in a calculating and dangerous fashion.

Cinebarre employees called police last month after seeing a gun strapped to Mapes waist on Sunday. Police evacuated nine theaters as a precaution.

Mapes claims he was wearing the same gun the night of the shooting at the Century 16 theater which left 12 people dead and left 58 others injured.

Mapes said he has a permit to carry the gun.

Mapes said officers searched him and let him go that night. He said he wears a gun all the time.

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