Residents react to proposed bill requiring metal detectors in movie theaters

Law enforcement personnel stand near a police line at The Grand Theatre following a deadly shooting in Lafayette, La., Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser via AP)

In the aftermath of the Grand Theatre’s movie theatre shooting and a recent scare inside of a Lafayette movie theatre, one state representation is pushing to have metal detectors placed at the entrance of theatres.

This all comes on the heels of a scare at the Grand Theatre on Kaliste Saloom in Lafayette this weekend.

A man was issued a summons for disturbing the peace inside the theater.

Movie patrons say he got up and began pacing in his own aisle and muttering about halfway through the show.

In the wake of all these incidents, metal detectors could be coming soon to a theater near you, if Shreveport representative Barbra Norton has her way.

Norton is proposing a bill that would require movie theaters to install metal detectors at all entrances.

KLFY’s Kellie Brown caught up with some movie goers in Lafayette to find that this issue is quite debatable.

“It might just be a little too much, I think. I don’t know. People’s keys, change and everything, it would be a lot, asking people to take their shoes off and put everything in a box.” Aiden Benkert says.

“I know they have police outside and stuff but they can’t pat down everybody so I think it will be a good idea to have metal detectors.” says Ashley Davis

This comes after the July 23 shooting deaths of two women and the injuring of nine others at the Grand 16 here in Lafayette.

Many questions whether metal detectors could have prevented the tragedy and if it’s a practical solution.

Debbie Annix of Lafayette tells us, no.

“In schools you have metal detectors and those kids still get deadly weapons in there. So, no I don’t think the metal detectors would necessarily prevent it. If somebody wants to get something in there they’re going to find some way to do it.”

If passed, movie theaters would be responsible for the cost of the equipment and staffing of the added safety measures, theaters would face fines for not having the detectors.

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