Gun advocates say the movie theater where a Colorado gunman opened fire Friday, killing 12 and wounded 58, has a strict policy against firearms on its premises â€" even for patrons with concealed handgun permits.
Cinemark Holdings Inc. owns 459 theaters and 5,181 screens in the U.S. and Latin America â€" including the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., scene of the mass shooting.
Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, told ABC News the Aurora Century 16 movie theaterâ€™s policy prohibits firearm carry.
Since 2006, some pro-gun bloggers have complained about their own experiences with Cinemark gun policies.
On the Defensive Carry blog, one Alaskan moviegoer posting under the name â€śSubNineâ€ť claimed Cinemark managers asked him to put his firearm in his vehicle if he wanted to see a movie. According to his post, the managers showed him a cardboard sign near the ticket counter that said, â€śNo firearms allowed.â€ť
â€śIâ€™ll be writing Cinemark a nice letter explaining my views towards their no firearms policy,â€ť he wrote on an Oct. 18, 2009, discussion board.
Another man in Utah posted in a 2008 forum on OpenCarry.org that he had received a call from Dan Myers of Cinermarkâ€™s corporate office.
â€ś[H]e informed me that Cinemarkâ€™s official policy is that ONLY [law enforcement officers] CAN CARRY INTO THEIR THEATERS. NO CONCEALED WEAPONS, NO [open carry],â€ť he wrote. â€śHe asked me that we not send e-mails to tell them their policy sucks. Okay, well I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s possible.â€ť