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Movie theaters may start checking your bags

Grant Gibson, local attorney Grant Gibson, local attorney

Amarillo, TX -  National shootings at movie theaters have prompted one entertainment group to inspect customers belongings before entering the theater.

You can now add another venue to the list of places where you might run into a line of security. United Artists in Amarillo belongs to Regal Entertainment Group, which has now issued a checkpoint to keep the public and staff members safe.

Some said it's an invasion of privacy, and some say it's an inconvenience. But Regal Entertainment stands behind it's decision to increase security and released this statement.

"Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America. [We] want our customers and staff to feel comfortable and safe when visiting or working in our theaters."

The group said to ensure this safety, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission. It goes on to say "We acknowledge that this procedure can cause some inconvenience and that it is not without flaws, but hope these are minor comparisons to increased safety."

But what about the young teenage employees usually working in these theaters? Are they responsible for confiscating a gun if they come across one?

Local Associate Attorney, Grant Gibson, broke down the legality behind this.

"Employees, or the 16-year-olds, are not going to confiscate your personal property," Gibson said. "What they will probably do is say go put your gun out in the car or away from this facility. And until you remove the gun from our premises you're not allowed here."

He said employees, no matter their age, have the right to confiscate your belongings, they can only ask you to leave or return without it.   

"In a capitalist society, you can either choose to give that specific movie theater your business, or you don't," Gibson said. "If you don't like the way they are doing things, then don't go there."

Movie analysts said they do not think the new security policy will affect the box office, and if anything, people will feel more at ease, especially at premieres.

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