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Colorado shooting on minds of Wilmington movie watchers

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Although it happened across the country, the shooting at a movie theater in Colorado that killed at least a dozen people hits close to home.

Even the biggest of fans told us the shooting made them think twice Friday about going to a movie they've been waiting years to see.

"I didn't know if it was a set thing, or if it was going to happen and there were multiple people involved," movie watcher Jack Dahl said. "So I asked my dad, 'Are you sure you still want to go?'"

Dahl and his family and friends decided not to skip out on a Friday matinee despite being shocked and saddened after hearing about the shooting in Colorado that turned what was supposed to be an exciting event into a real-life horror film for some.

Dep. Jason Augst is part of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office's Emergency Response Team. He says they train all the time for incidents like this, but it's easy to think there's no way it could happen here.

"When you see it happen in a place like (Aurora, CO), you realize that it's everywhere and can happen in any community, and we need to be ready," Augst said.

Dahl said he was ready.

"If somebody came through, we were just going to dive right behind the chairs that were right behind us," he said. "I had a plan already just in case something like that did go down."

Augst said it's important for people to have situational awareness.

"To be aware of what's going on around them and the people that are around them," he said. "But you know, when someone of this mindset intends to do harm to somebody, it's very difficult to tell people exactly what to do in every situation."

Dahl and other movie watchers told us the shooting has changed the way they look at any sort of big event.

"I'm pretty sure everybody had it in the back of their minds," Dahl said.

Both Regal Mayfaire and Carmike Cinemas say shows will go on as usual, and they are not bringing in extra security in addition to the officers already in place for the weekend.

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I not sure if anyone else

I not sure if anyone else has thought about this but I say follow the money.

It would be interesting to

It would be interesting to know what a DA would do if a person who is legal to carry has their weapon in a movie theater and takes out a shooter before they were able to hurt anyone. Political nightmare if they tried to prosecute. Also what jury would convict if that person saved many lives in that very community.


a bunch of sissy COWARDS...when 911 happened...I did NOT change my plans..I will NOT change my FREEDOM for nut jobz. If I die...I die FREE..SCREW IT!


So?! Do you think he cared if there was a sign or not? Please!


Condolences to the families of those killed, wounded, or in any way involved in the violence caused by the demented shooter in Colorado.

However, the law decrees that people be unarmed when in a movie theater.

Personally, I believe a person has the right to defend himself, and others, if lawfully carrying a concealed weapon and permitted in accordance with the law.

I believe that any resistance would have improved the chances for survival giving extra seconds to those trying to flee. It may have changed nothing, but we will never know.

The law should be expanded, allowing concealed carry in more places, giving people more of a chance, instead of no chance at all.

I suppose any plan is better

I suppose any plan is better than no plan. But those seats will provide no ballistic protection. Bullets will go right through them. Add in 100+ people trying to get out at the same time and you'd have a better chance getting trampled than escaping.

And it's nice that the SWAT team practices this stuff. But that is completely irrelevant. The whole thing was over in a matter of seconds, maybe a couple of minutes.

In NC it is illegal to carry

In NC it is illegal to carry a gun into a movie theater unless you are a law enforcement officer (on or off-duty), so I'm sure there is no way this could ever happen. Colorado it is illegal for ANYONE to carry a gun into a theater, including off-duty officers.

And the theater in Colorado is reported to have had police security just like Mayfaire.

A gun free zone is just a target rich environment.

little more schooling

might need a little refresher course there sport, as said, gun free zones are prime hunting grounds for these animals, saw a new Pawn Shop going up local that is posted, show's how intelligent some business owners are.

Guess again

if one has a carry/conceal permit; and the establishment has no sign posted which specifically prohibits hand guns on the premises, your statement is not completely accurate.

No, in NC places that

No, in NC places that charge admission for entry (like a movie theater) are specifically mentioned in the CCW statute as being off-limits. They do not have to be posted.

In Colorado the theater was posted as no weapons, which also applies to off-duty law enforcement in that state.


The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) is a United States federal law, enacted in 2004, that allows two classes of persons—the "qualified law enforcement officer" and the "qualified retired law enforcement officer" -- to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of any state or local law to the contrary, with certain exceptions.

The LEOSA was considered during the 108th Congress as H.R. 218.[1] Once signed by President Bush, it enacted Public Law 108-277, which put into effect 18 USC 926B.

Posted or not, a NC CHP

Posted or not, a NC CHP holder cannot carry a concealed handgun in the theater as concealed handguns are not allowed in a place that charges an admission to gain entry.

Tom, I have to disagree with you

Places Off-Limits Even With A Permit/License
 Schools, public or private, all levels including universities. A curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by a school. This also applies to all property owned by any school. §14-269.2
Assemblies and establishments where admission was charged. §14-269.3
 Assemblies and establishments where alcohol is both sold and consumed. §14-269.3
 State Capitol Building, the Executive Mansion, the Western Residence of the Governor, or on the grounds of any of these buildings, and any building housing any court of the General Court of Justice. §14-269.4 (Parking lot storage allowed by Permit/License Holders)
 State office buildings or any portion of a building in which there’re State offices. §14-415.11(c)
 Law Enforcement or Correctional Facilities. §14-415.11(c)
 Events Occurring in Public: It shall be unlawful for any person participating in, affiliated with, or present as a spectator at any parade, funeral procession, picket line, or demonstration upon any private health care facility or upon any public place owned or under the control of the State or any of its political subdivisions to willfully or intentionally possess or have immediate access to any dangerous weapon. §14-277.2
 Areas of emergencies or riots. §14-288.7
 On any private premises where notice that carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited by the posting of a conspicuous notice or statement by the person in legal possession or control of the premises. §14-415.11(c)

You have to pay to get into a movie.

I stand corrected

and I am man enough to admit it. More than can be said for those unidentified ball park proponents

They don't care...

...because they are not city property owners therefore they don't pay city property tax, the same tax money that is being looked at to fund the stadium.


That covers almost everywhere.

The sad part

That is the sad part, concealed weapons permits are very restrictive. A criminal doesn't care what the law states so they carry where ever they wish. The law hampers law abiding citizens from protecting themselves out of fear of prosecution.

The only real benefit of a concealed permit is the ability to purchase a weapon same day without a pistol purchase permit or background check required.