Carmike Cinemas not allowing firearms in their theater
POSTED: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 5:44pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — Carmike Cinemas in Tyler will no longer allow CHL holders to carry firearms in their theater.
"If Carmike is not going to allow CHL holder's in their theater, they're not going to get my money," said CHL Holder Jeff Worrell.
Carmike doesn't want your guns in their theaters.
Carmike theaters across the country have the same policy because of the Aurora Colorado massacre.
"I don't believe that Carmike or any theater should allow guns in their theaters. I don't believe it needs to be done because they're children in there," said Billy Owens from Bullard.
Under Texas Law, CHL holders can carry a concealed handgun almost anywhere, including movie theaters.
"If you got a license to carry a gun you ought to be able to carry it in there for protection," said Oscar Lopez from Tyler.
Times Square Cinema in Tyler allows CHL holders to carry in their theater.
"The concealed handgun license means that someone has earned the right to carry a concealed handgun and it's not our job to change the laws," said owner of Times Square Cinema Howard Charba.
Charba says the theater does not want to infringe on citizens Second Amendment Rights.
Charba says the theater follows the law and does not enforce or prevent CHL holders from bringing a firearm into their theater.
"We do have security cameras everywhere, we do you know have people that are stationed in a lot of places and we keep our ears and eyes open for a lot of things but I'm not going to sit here and invade someone's privacy.''
But, other East Texans support Carmike's decision.
"Well I just don't think it's a very safe thing you know the fact that a lot of people don't have control of themselves with you know guns and stuff," said Victor Vera from Tyler.