Bend theater implements gun-control policy

Employees at the Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX will check bags for firearms.

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One theater in Central Oregon is taking steps to dissuade another mass shooting.

Employees at the Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX will check patrons’ bags for firearms.

Employees at the theater in Bend were not allowed to speak about the new policy, but signs posted in front windows confirm the inspections.

“For the safety and comfort of all our guests: Backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to entry to this facility. Thank you for your cooperation,” the signs read. Regal Entertainment Group, which owns Regal Cinemas, could not be reached for comment.

The policy isn’t connected to the recent tragedy in Virginia because the policy has been in place since mid August.

Theater employees reportedly perform the inspections.

In other gun news, Walmart will no longer sell AR-15s or other semi-automatic weapons.

The AR-15 rifles and other modern sporting rifles were being sold at less than a third of the company’s 4,600 U.S. stores. Company spokesman Kory Lundberg said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will remove the remaining inventory as stores transition from summer to fall merchandise, which should take a week or two to complete.

Lundberg said the decision to remove the weapons was not political and that the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer made the decision earlier this year.

“It’s similar to what we do with any product. Being what it is, it gets a little more attention, but it’s the same process for any other product,” Lundberg said.

(SOURCE: Associated Press)


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