Wednesday, December 18, 2013

AMC Lowes Movie Theaters- Gun Unfriendly?

I stopped by a local AMC-Lowes movie theater last night. I could not remember the last time I was at one of them, must have bee at least a couple of years ago, I am not a frequent theater goer. I was about to walk inside when I noticed something someone had told me about during a LEOSA seminar I attended last week. That was that AMC theaters do not allow firearms inside or at least have stickers proclaiming such on the bottom corners of their entry doors. Well, there were at least 4 outer entry doors, maybe six, and none had that decal on them. However, out of the same number of inner doors, two of them had a sticker, showing a red circle around a revolver with a slash through it and the words "No Weapons".

I had been about to enter to buy a couple of gift cards for folks on my Christmas list and upon seeing the signs started to walk away disgusted. Then I got the idea to give them a call to see if I could come in to purchase the tickets. I did that and explained to the person who answered that I was outside freezing my butt off, had come there to buy gift cards but was stopped in my tracks when I saw those signs. I also explained that I was a pistol license holder and was carrying. The manager (I am guessing he was a manager) said come on in. I did so and bought the gift cards, then left.

I had debated, for a few moments before going inside, whether to support such a theater then guessed that all the area theaters probably have the same regulation. Maybe I screwed up there but I know someone who wants to see some movies soon so I went in to buy the gift cards.

Maybe I should have stayed bit longer to ask about their no weapons policy to see what it excludes movie goers from carrying in their premises but I did not. Maybe I should have voiced my opinion of places that prohibit carrying of guns and knives and pepper spray but I did not. I am pretty disgusted with myself for not having done so and can assure you I have given myself a proverbial good hard kick in my ass for it. In my defense I was tired, grumpy and fed up with Christmas shopping and the rude arsehats one runs into in the Christmas shopping crowd and just wanted to get it over with that night. Not much of an excuse but it is all I have.

I have since looked up their policy on weapons. The only thing I could find on their website was a PDF file called "CODE OF CONDUCT". In it, there is an opening paragraph that says:

If you were to scroll down a bit in that PDF file, you would see this:

I have written to AMC Theater group about it though to try to at least show my disgust with that policy.

No legal authority is cited; however, I usually conform to the wishes of private property owners about what they allow and do not allow onto their property. What I will not do is accept that policy without trying to change it because in no way shape or form is legally carrying a firearm, as they state it, a dangerous behavior. I also doubt I will be buying any more gift cards from them in the future unless they change the policy.

All the best,
Glenn B

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