DOVER, Del. - Delaware Capitol Police have arrested 21-year-old Kameron Simmons following accusations that he made terroristic threats while inside the Kent County Courthouse.
"He made a statement of something in regards of, 'Did you forget your AK-47 today.' He was arrested for it," said Sgt. Britt Davis of the Delaware Capitol Police.
Simmons, of Middletown, was arrested on Wednesday. The incident happened when he was waiting in a screening area of the courthouse.
Some people in Dover say if the comment was meant to be a joke, it was the wrong one to make.
"In this day and time, with the gun issue, you really can't joke about issues like that," said Janice Clark.
That's a terrible thing to say," said Curtis Knight.
"Joking about it in a courthouse right after shootings at other places and things like that, I don't think that's appropriate," said Bonnie Cosner-Yost.
Delaware Capitol Police said they stand ready for anything that happens that could jeopardize the public's safety.
"There's no raised level of awareness from incidents that have occurred in the past, like as of Wednesday, or a few weeks ago. We always operate on a heightened awareness," said Sgt. Britt.
Some people say the issue about what to say and what not to say when it comes to guns might be taken too far.
"A lot of people feel unsafe because there's people taking the gun thing way out of context. People that are using guns for stuff they shouldn't be using it for. There are other people that should have the right to use guns," said Cosner-Yost.
"I just think they're putting a lot of rules and stipulations on guns. I think they should put more emphasis on bullets. For example, stop making bullets. When people go to buy bullets, put more emphasis on who has the bullets and a limit on how many they are allowed to have," said Clark.
"We have the highest crime in the world and we are supposed to be the richest country in the world, the best country in the world but we have the highest violence. Why?, asked Knight.
It seems that answer is under a lot of debate.
In the meantime, people who attempt to break the law with terroristic threats or any other kind of threat, Delaware Capitol Police say they will be watching.
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