Movie theaters review gun policies after Colorado shootings (“The men didn’t think they had done anything wrong: Each was one of the state’s 344,000 handgun carry permit holders. They were told to put their guns in their vehicles, in accordance with theater policy, and then the movie resumed.”)
after a theater worker reported seeing a moviegoer with a gun.
According to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, a police officer who arrived at the auditorium discovered three men with handguns.
The men didn’t think they had done anything wrong: Each was one of the state’s 344,000 handgun carry permit holders. They were told to put their guns in their vehicles, in accordance with theater policy, and then the movie resumed.
The story didn’t make national headlines, unlike the July 20 “movie massacre” in Aurora, Col., that left 12 people dead when a gunman opened fire during a midnight screening of the new Batman movie. But it resonated among movie theater owners and exhibitors, who are grappling with ways to increase security without discouraging audiences, violating state laws or riling gun enthusiasts.
“This is a raging debate, and we are looking at all of our options,” said Jimmy Tashie, executive vice president for Malco Theatres Inc., which operates 30 cinemas in five states. But the bottom line is, “We don’t want people bringing guns into our theaters, period.”
Tennessee law allows permit carry holders to bring handguns into movie theaters, restaurants, clubs and other businesses, unless the business prohibits this by posting signs, “displayed in prominent locations,” said Kevin Crawford of the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security.
Possession of a weapon on “posted property” is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $500, according to state law.
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