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Dec 20, 2012 7:51 PM by The Associated Press

Man who left gun under seat has permit revoked

TILLAMOOK, Ore. (AP) - 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 7th-grade student found the weapon on Wednesday with a round in the chamber and the safety off.

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

The student notified adults and local police cleared the theater.

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

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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