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Regal Entertainment Group – Corporate policy bans guns at every location; expect to see a “no guns” sign at the entrance.

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Unlike AMC, they do not post a “no weapon” policy on their corporate website.  We called them and their telephone rep could not find the policy where she assumed it would be, on their “Admittance Procedures” webpage here – but she was certain that guns are banned from every theater.  They also claim to have the right to search you and your property for “safety” reasons as part of those procedures.

UPDATE – We received an email response to our inquiry about their policy from Jamie Miller of Regal, quoted below:

“March 04, 2013

Dear <2ACheck>:

Thank you for taking the time to communicate your concerns regarding our facility security policies. Please understand that Regal Entertainment Group, with the assistance of safety experts and law enforcement personnel, has developed policies and procedures designed to provide the safest environment for our guests and employees. Rest assured these policies and procedures are not designed with the intent to inconvenience or otherwise cause hardship to our guests. However, we believe these policies appropriate to assure the general safety of all guests and employees.

Please note all law enforcement officers, whether on or off duty, are exempt from our gun prohibition policy (2Acheck emphasis) in the theatre, as long as they identify themselves as such either by display of a badge or other identification upon request.

Again, thank you for taking the time to advise us of your concerns.

Sincerely,
Customer Relations Department
Operational Services
Regal Entertainment Group

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Contact them:

http://www.regmovies.com/About-Regal/Contact-Us

Regal Entertainment Group
7132 Regal Lane
Knoxville, Tennessee 37918
Phone: 1-865-922-1123
Fax: 1-865-922-3188

Customer Relations: 1-877-TELLREGAL or 1-877-835-5734

Investor Hotline: 1-866-REGALEG or 1-866-734-2534

For press inquiries, call 1-865-925-9539

44 Comments

  1. What a feeble and ill founded response. You need to understand that the right to carry is a guarantee made true by our founding fathers. Your decision to not carry is protected by those of us who do, and we will defend yourself and your family should the need arise.
    The utopian society sought by so many is simply a pastel hanging in their halls. Peace and freedom come at a high price and if you study the effects of gun forfeiture on other nations then you’ll treasure this nation even more.
    Make decisions for yourself as they relate to your family and respect others for having the courage to take a stand.

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  3. Most weapon policies I see also include, NO weapons “unless permitted by the State Police, or state statute”

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  4. the sad part is a theatre is not a gun free zone it is a public establishment unless the property is privately owned by the company there is no force of law however most officers are uneducated in this matter and believe the thatre is private property and a theatre upon request needs to provide information regarding this policy being insituted by the property owner to enforce this policy in general a theatre corporately is privately owned but what most people do not know is they lease the space from the city but however they do not own the property or building they are in and in oregon without it being privately owned and open to the public they cannot legally enforce it just because it is posted but like i said most public safety officers are not educated enough to know this and majority of the time help the theatre to enforce a inacurate unconstitutional policy such as cinemark,and regal cinemas a majority of large buisneses are allowed to get away with this however the majority of establishments allow it minus a few

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  5. That’s it. I’m out. No more Regal theaters for me or my family. Went today with my wife and daughter to see a movie. My wife and I are both CHL holders. We have both taken extensive training beyond the basic CHL class to ensure that we are up to the grave responsibility of carrying a weapon. I carry every day and everywhere. I carry concealed and no one knows. I do not open carry even though it is allowed in Texas now.

    I personally have been in the situation to have to use my side arm to defend my wife and myself. We were gassing up on a road trip in remote New Mexico when three escaped prisoners tried to carjack us. If I were not armed I wouldn’t be here writing this. I say this to make the point that it DOES happen. It happens more often that most realize. Creating gun free zones is the most effective way ensure that the predators in the world have “safe” places to do their will with no threat of those they attack putting up a fight. Back to the theater today….as we walked in the man child taking tickets asked to look into my shoulder bag. I couldn’t believe what I heard. I asked why and he said he was looking for weapons. I of course said nope and we left getting our money back for our tickets.

    NEVER GIVING THEM MY BUSINESS AGAIN. NEVER.

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  7. I live in Knoxville TN where Regal is headquartered. I carry whenever I see a movie. None of the theaters here are posted.

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  8. It’s probably due to people getting shot for no good reason. More Americans died from accidental discharge in 2014 then from active shooters in the 13yrs prior years combined. The U.S. has poor standards for concealed carry permit holders. Most are folks you really don’t want even owning a gun, dangerous and stupid.

    http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/renton/2016/01/21/police-responding-shooting-renton-movie-theater/79152338/.

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    • “Most”? Insinuates a majority. I had no idea the majority of concealed carriers were incompetent reckless accidents waiting to happen.

      How about some statistics versus a single incident.

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    • Do you have a source for your 13 years of accidental discharge being greater than active shooter deaths

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    • THAT would depend on where you live and your personal commitment to concealed carry. As a 23 year career Marine now retired and a 15 year sheriff’s deputy before medical retirement, an 18 year long weapons instructor, I carry daily, everywhere I go. As the saying goes, I’m too old to take a whoopin’ and to young to die at the hands of some punk who has visions of grandeur. I am 67 years young and have been armed one way or another since I was twelve. With a firearm since I was 18. I have come near death from seven different violent attacks over the years…….I am still here.

      As far as training is concerned, I have seen more poorly trained LEOs than I care to admit to. NOT from lack of desire on their parts but due to lack of funding by departments and poor attitude of young officers who have (unfortunately) inflated egos.

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    • The man was drunk, thus he did not have a right to carry. He will most likely lose his weapon and permit.

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  9. Te one and only way I would feel safe attending a theater where lawful carry is banned, would be if they had real security to keep those with evil intent from carrying. This means metal detectors, armed security, etc. Someday, a business like this is going to lose a lawsuit over this very issue. IMHO, when they disarm customers, they become responsible for their safety.

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  10. I passed on attending the Star Wars preview Thursday night with one of our vendors. My wife and I abstained from this, the door prizes, and complimentary concession stand snacks. We will not surrender our right to defend ourselves under the egregious demands of some movie house conglomerate.

    I just finished reading “Hands Off My Gun” by Dana Loesch, and will be purchasing the “No Guns = No Money” business cards online, to pass out to Anti-2A advocates. This is where I choose to spend my money.

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  11. O well regal i am a law abiding conceal carry holder and i carry every single time i go here and disregard the sign have been doing it for years without incident and if ever becomes one ill simply stop going here also id like to ad i will be going to see starwars tomorrow armed and safe ;) .

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  12. As a CCW endorsed citizen, the Missouri Sheriffs Association, the FBI and Affiis recognizes that I possess the judgement to carry a weapon concealed for my self defense and the defense of my family, endorses my 2nd Amendment right under the Bill of Rights in our Constitution and trusts me a responsible citizen.
    Regal has the right to refuse my God given rights of self defense and the Constitutional authority to choose the instrument for me to do so. I will exercise my right to not endorse Regals business practice’s denying those rights by not spending any money at Regal until my rights are restored at Regal.
    There are too many other options to spend my entertainment dollars than Regal.

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  13. I do not care that they glance into my purse,while excluding the men and picking and choosing which women they check,but today…I said go ahead of search my . Tiny purse and he actually said,I bet you can still fit a gun in there,and I bet You have a gun in there@ i addressed his inappropriate comments,but of course they defended him.I really do not want to return your theatre,but we have no other place to go if I return,I will say to him ,watch out for my gun!!!!

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  15. Oh, and just to be clear….I have no problem with anyone with a carry permit bringing theirs in. I have no fear at all of them. In fact, I would feel safer because I know they are no danger and are well trained and would most likely protect the rest of us. And, it wouldn’t be the first time someone liscensed to carry has stopped a bad guy.

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  16. They have searched my purse every week for a while now in Knoxville. Then, they let my husband walk right on in wearing cargo pants with several pockets plenty large enough for a weapon. In the first place how many news stories have we read about a woman committing a mass shooting in a theater or anywhere else? NONE. I feel discriminated against and the only way I won’t is if they use metal detectors and check everyone instead of picking on ladies like me….a 68 year old gray haired grandmother with two bad knees. In the second place if they are so concerned about weapons being carried in they are showing the bad guys exactly how to get them in. Not in a backpack but in their pocket or in a holster beneath their clothes.
    I don’t feel the least bit safer.

    But, because they show no concern about men with cargo pants with pockets large enough to carry a weapon in it makes me think they may actually be concerned about outside food and drinks and using previous shootings at other theaters as their excuse. Maybe I will just fill my hubby’s cargo pockets full of candy bars next week now that I know he will be allowed to walk right in. :-) I consider what I carry in my purse as personal and private and nobody’s business but mine. If I don’t see their searches begin including everyone soon maybe I will just get tired of the whole thing and stay home and watch my movies on DIRECTV. If we all did that and their profits dropped like a rock maybe they would either stop or start targeting people who really need to be targeted along with us unthreatening senior ladies.

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  17. Now they started searching purses and backpacks. Which means men who are more likely to commit mass murder with a firearm in public don’t get searched. And since they aren’t allowed to actually touch your bag they are truly doing anything anyway. I didn’t feel safer. I felt less safe since they are in fact only looking for guns carried by ccw license holders. The bad guys still get to bring them in because they now know we good guys aren’t carrying and that they won’t be searched, just us ladies.

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  18. It is discrimination on women because they carry purses, it’s all about the candy not guns, if they were truly concerned about weapons we ALL the would walk through metal detectors, men are not searched or patted down. Women are not touched, just our purses. I forgot how many women have shot up theatres can any one remind me of that number? It’s about the xandy, not weapons! Discrimination on women.. do men wear cargo pants and put the candy in the pockets!

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    • Candy and sodas…THAT EXACTLY what I thought.

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      • They found my wife’s smuggled candy and let her enter with it. We were specifically told they were looking for weapons.

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    • I work at a regal cinemas and I have to follow the policy. Ive been reminded many times by my managers when I forget or refuse to check bags. Especially on 60+ year old women. I do think it is annoying and doesnt really do anything. Iam a woman too and its really sad how employees check purses and make us girls feel uncomforable. Yet we cant do anything with men.

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    • Although youre wrong about the candy there. Ive seen a couple carry in chinese take-out and we couldnt do anythinf about it because of this rule.

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  19. My question is what is the difference between an off duty officer and a licenced carry holder? Why can an off duty rookie carry but not myself, who has been carrying longer than he has? Sounds like double standards.

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  20. I received the standard form letter reply myself. I refuse to support a business that refuses to allow me, as a concealed handgun license holder, to carry discretely in their establishment. It is no coincidence that mass shootings almost always occur in gun-free zones, and I refuse to be a victim.

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    • Regal’s response to my initial comment:

      August 25, 2015

      Dear Mr./Ms. McDaniel:

      Thank you for contacting our office regarding facility security procedures. We certainly appreciate the opportunity to respond.

      Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America. Please understand that Regal Entertainment Group, with the assistance of safety experts and law enforcement personnel, has developed policies and procedures designed to provide the safest environment for our guests and employees. Rest assured these policies and procedures are not designed with the intent to inconvenience or otherwise cause hardship to our guests. However, we believe these policies appropriate to assure the general safety of all guests and employees.

      To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission. We acknowledge that this procedure can cause some inconvenience and that it is not without flaws, but hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety.

      Please note all law enforcement officers, whether on or off duty, are exempt from our gun prohibition policy in the theatre, as long as they identify themselves as such either by display of a badge or other identification upon request.

      Again, thank you. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us over this matter. We value your patronage and hope to see you in a Regal Entertainment Group theatre soon.

      Sincerely,
      Customer Relations Department
      Operational Services
      Regal Entertainment Group

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      • And my response to them …

        Dear Jamie,

        Thank you for your response. Unfortunately, your response falls far short of satisfactory. I will not longer be taking my family to your theaters. I love going to the movies, and do so several times a month. I do however insist that I be allowed to discretely concealed carry my pistol. I am a licensed CHL holder, and have undergone extensive training (CHL training, basic pistol, advanced pistol, tactical pistol, defensive pistol, non violent dispute resolution…), FBI background checks, and so on. CHL holders do not commit mass shootings, and are in fact less likely to be convicted of a criminal act than are members of law enforcement. What we also know is that almost all mass shootings occur in gun free zones, which Regal now is by virtue of your new policies. By denying me entry with my concealed weapon, you are also requiring me to relinquish my right to defend my family and self in the parking lot, as well as on the route to and from your establishment and the parking lot, since my weapon would need to be either left at home or locked in my vehicle. I refuse to take that risk. I carry my weapon every single day, and would use it to defend myself, my family, or an innocent civilian, just as a law enforcement office would. I am offended by your policy, and your response, and will support any and all boycotts of your establishments.

        Criminals will not obey your policy, and there is no guarantee that the theater my family is in will be graced by the presence of an armed member of law enforcement.
        As far as I can tell, Regal is proclaiming to any and all would be mass murderers that their best bet at success is to launch their next brutal attack on one of your establishments. They will, after all, likely experience no armed resistance. Should this happen, the loss of innocent life will be on your hands.

        Benjamin Franklin said it best when he included the following in his Response to the Governor letter addressed to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1755 , “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

        Sincerely,
        Tim McDaniel

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        • Thank you Tim

          USMC Retired
          1966-1989

          In Country South Vietnam January 1969 – December 1970.

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        • Don’t you realize that your right to carry a gun is not absolute ? No right is absolute.

          Many audience members aren’t comfortable sitting in a movie theater knowing that some in the audience are carrying guns. In fact, the majority of their customers think that concealed weapons in a movie theater make them less safe.

          Regal Cinema know its customers, and doesn’t want to go out of business.

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  21. Here in Texas they are required to post a “30.06 sign” written in English and Spanish in 1-inch-high letters informing you that they do not allow concealed guns on their premises. As this is a HUGE sign when completed, I’ll bet you $20 that my local Regal theater does NOT have one posted. I will drive over there today to check.

    This is such a stupid policy. What do they think a bad guy will do when he goes to the theater and sees this sign? Do they actually think that he will go back to his car and lock up his gun?? Ha Ha, don’t make me laugh.

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  23. Right…got it…you want customers and staff to FEEL safe, not to actually BE safe. Until/unless you can insure our safety, this is nothing but “security theater”. Here’s why I say this:

    Generally police who do searches like this will have rubber gloves, or pierce/cut resistant gloves, often times both…. along with a flashlight and a table or something to perform the search in/on. I’m guessing you simply told a high school kid to check people’s bags w/out giving him/her adequate protection, nor training.

    Why aren’t the “prohibited items” posted somewhere in full view, so we know what not to bring into the theater? What exactly is this kid looking for? (

    I’d guess “weapons” would be your first answer…so I’d imagine guns and knives are your first priority. Will you be opening all the compartments of each woman’s purse, since many guns can fit in the smaller, zippered compartments? What size of a knife is prohibited? Is my swiss army knife a prohibited item? What about the pepper spray that many women carry for self protection, is that OK? Are you going to prohibit pens, nail files, scissors? (all can be used to stab very effectively), coins? (can be easily used as a sap or fistload), magazines & pamphlets? (rolled up and thrust to the eyes)…

    Wait a minute…that “weapons” answer seems to be getting a little difficult to define. Maybe we should just skip over that and consider what will be done if this kid who’s checking the purses and backpacks, looks in and sees my legally licensed pistol. Now what? Does he keep his cool and ask me to leave and secure my weapon, or does he freak out? Or maybe he’s got to push stuff around in the purse to see all the way to the bottom…are Regal Theater going to be legally responsible for any accidental discharge that happens when he touches the trigger by “pawing around” in the purse?

    And if the kid finds a bunch of marijuana or drug stuff, just what are they supposed to do? What about if the kid comes across a bottle of liquor…and the woman who owns the purse is only 17?

    And what precisely is this teen aged theater employee’s course of action to be if he actually comes across a genuine nut case on a jihad mission with a bomb in their bag? I imagine he would get the privilege of being the first victim, (and I’ll thank him for alerting the rest of us with his death.) Has anyone warned him about this “job perk”?

    And, most importantly…what about the gang banger/crazy who’s got a pistol tucked into his waistband? How are you protecting me from him?

    So…not effective at actually increasing SAFETY, with lots of room for very negative “unintended consequences”…does this sound like a logical response to the “Security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America” concern you stated in your policy?

    NO, it does not. Unless you’re willing to hire armed security guards who are trained in TSA-style “pat-downs” combined with installed metal detectors, you are only going to be able to make me FEEL safe, but I’m not going to actually BE safe.

    Rescind your policy.

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  27. No more movies at Regal (also AMC) for me and my family. This has to be one of the least thought though polices. Those that have legal weapon carry rights are safe to be around and well checked out by police and the State, plus most of these folks would protect others and put a stop to shooting before they become mass shootings.

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  28. That’s just great, at least the mentally deficient won’t face resistance. No, we won’t be going to Regal anymore. I have carried concealed for 30yrs and my wife doesn’t like going out without my be armed. Remember this….CCW owners carry as much for those unable to defend themselves as they do themselves…

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  29. I have four kids and we see all the movies at Regal… often in IMAX 3D. I bet we have spent thousands over several years… but no more. Until they change the policy for legal concealed carry patrons, not another dime from me or my family. Do they really think banning legal concealed carry patrons is going to make it safer? Most crazies simply hide their weapons upon entry. Having folks like me there offer a quick end to a horrible situation. I have never understood the anti-gun folks. If any folks want to organize further protests, count me in for Greensboro, NC, Joey.Harding@gmail.com.

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  30. You guys are STUPID! It’s not the Wild Wild West anymore. Conceal or leave them at home!

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    • I love the open carry freaks they will be the first targets the bad guy hits giving concealed care people time to respond.

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      • I love the open carry freaks they will be the first targets the bad guy hits giving concealed carry people time to respond.

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        • Actually this Regal decision has nothing to do with open carry since they plan to examine bags. I as many Texas have concealed carried in movie theaters and every where else for that matter for 30 yr, without incident I might add.

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    • They aren’t allowing us to conceal and they are searching bags. So you men are ok. But we ladies do have to leave ours at home. Not that they truly search. They just ask us to open our purses. As if I leave mine floating around my purse.

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  31. No more movies? But I do so love to finance those who work against me, our Constitution, AND tell me it is ‘for MY safety!’
    Thanks, 2acheck.com, for providing us with the policies they are ashamed (AKA too greedy) to publicize.

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  32. No more money at Regal.

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  35. Ok, then, no money from me or my family!

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