In the wake of recent theater shootings, you can add Regal Cinemas to the list of places that will search your bags. Regal Entertainment Group, the nation’s largest movie-theater chain, has reactively added the new security warning to its corporate website.
“To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection prior to admission,” read the website. “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.”
Depriving patrons of a constitutional right is a “flaw,” to be sure, but this policy really shows off how illogical the chain’s reasoning is. Rather than acknowledging that gun-free zones put people at risk, Regal is doubling down on enforcing them—making extra-sure that their law-abiding customers are helpless if anyone walks into a theater looking to cause harm.