Geez why didn’t they think of this before???
If only they had a no-gun policy BEFORE Holmes came to the theatre...
“We don’t want people bringing guns into out theaters, period.”
What a foolish statement made by this idiot Jimmy Tashie of Malco Theatres. He wants to take away his customer’s ability to fight back against a psycho killer.
Does Tashie think Holmes could have given a rat’s a$$ about the “gun-free” zone in the Aurora theater?
I would wait for the movie to come out on DVD before I would set foot in a Malco theater.
> “He said in the wake of Aurora, Malco was assessing all aspects of its security policies, including the increased posting of signs to prohibit guns.”
That’s the ticket. Sideshow Bob probably did not see a sign. More signs would have prevented the tragedy. (/s)
Great idea. Maybe you should ban them. That way, nobody will come in and shoot the pla— oh, wait a minute...
I’m glad I live in Indiana. Except for specific places (schools, State Fair, etc.) you will not be charged with carrying a gun with a valid LTCH (license to carry handgun). Property owners can ask you to leave and you can be charged with trespassing if you don’t.
These theater owners are not very bright. The Aurora theater had no-gun signs, the city had unenforceable local laws banning guns, and all that did is make the carnage worse.
had the Colorado theater not been a Gun Free Zone....
this ‘joker’ might have been dead before he fired his second shot.
They should offer a discount to customers who carry.
Just as a business is entitled to determine their own policies, I am free to patronize a different business, and to let the first one know I won't be back. I refuse to disarm myself and become a member of the herd, waiting for the slaughterhouse.
Based on police actions as reported in the Cookeville paper, it appears open carry is legal in TN. The Memphis article did not make it clear that the observed weapon was carried openly while the other two were concealed and not spotted by employees. The concealed carriers were made to “out” themselves when the police came to the theater. They passed the test on not being observed with proper concealment while the open carrier made a tactical error by entering a posted location unconcealed.
OK is about to enter OC legality (November) but I can foresee a similar theater situation occurring here. I have no objection to OC, especially if it were legal now in temperatures that exceed 100 degrees. However, entering an obviously posted place, like many theaters are now, is just not smart.
Smart, licensed handgun owners are ordered to put their weapons in their vehicles. what happens when the car gets stolen? Or broken into? Maybe had a license handgun carrier been at the Batman movie the carnage would have been limited.
I believe this theater chain, as a private business, has the RIGHT to prohibit their patrons from carrying weapons (specifically guns).
In doing so, the business then takes full RESPONSIBILITY to protect their patrons!
If I were a CCW holder at one of these theaters and was prevented from protecting myself should a incident occur, I’d sue their pants off!
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Theaters of Death is how I see it.
And why the theater is about to become history just like drive-ins. And if any theater allows a CCW in they will still probably find a way to search for concealed food instead, and that is my pet peeve and that is the outrageous inflated food pricing for foul tasting popcorn and watered down drinks.
This may be my last year of attending any new release film, my widescreen is sizable and I can pause for a bathroom break plus I have options for language and captions.
Quite frankly this year I have seen maybe not more than three decent movies, and a lot that fooled my by hype into thinking they were fair entertainment, of which they were sorely lacking. With the plethora of instant movie reviews now available by my smartphone I am learning to select ahead of time, but even armed with that knowledge its just the fact that the theaters just do not give me peace of mind.
The state must clearly define liability for gun-free zone policies.
If a business wants to deny civil rights, they should accept the liability for the safety of those who enter.
Hopefully they’ll ensure the exit/fire doors also have “No Guns” signs, so no psychotic homicidal maniacs use them for entry in performance of their evil deeds.
Malco overwhelmingly dominates the Memphis market. Fearing precisely what happened in Colorado, I haven’t been in a Malco theater without a firearm in years. Until I read this article I had no idea they have a no-gun policy. I will not be going back unless and until their policy is changed.
Since my wife and I rarely agree on what we want to see, she goes to the movies with our teenage daughters and I typically go with my brother and father. All three of us are licensed to carry and we are always armed. I bet the people in Aurora, Colorado, would have appreciated three law-abiding trained shooters in the room when James Holmes walked in.
I took my youngest children to see the new Ice Age movie last weekend and noticed that the emergency exit was propped open. I was concerned I might scare other moviegoers by fiddling with the door, so I reported it to the Malco staff. A helpless pimply kid was dispatched to see about the door, not security. I stopped going to my preferred theater because at times it became overrun with rowdy urban youth. Malco was seemingly unable or unwilling to deal with them, so I have zero faith in their ability to deal with a psycho.
And, unless they can show me that they have trained snipers posted in every theater to compensate for my loss of self defense, I will not enter theater premises disarmed.
Until theater chains get their heads out from where the sun never shines, it looks like the DVD business is going to flourish! And every $$ I save on theater tickets will go straight into the huge-screen HDTV fund...
Leftist theaters -- who needs 'em?