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Proposed bill to require metal detectors in movie theaters

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LAFAYETTE, La. -

One State Representative is pushing for a new law that would require metal detectors in movie theaters. 

Representative Barbara Norton (D-Shreveport) has been working on the bill for several months since the tragic event at the Grand Theater in Lafayette.

She is aiming for every movie theater in the state to have metal detectors along with prohibiting guns or any weapon inside a movie theater.
 
"When people go to a movie theater, they want to feel like they are safe," Norton said. 

Norton says a hand held metal detector wand ranges from $200 - $400, and it's a price that could save a life. 

"All of this is being proactive," Norton said. "We cannot wait until anything else happens in the state of Louisiana. I think this is a proactive move to save a life. We don't know when someone is going to take the initiative to make a decision to do something to take someone's life." 

It's a proposal that some people are agreeing with. 

For Lafayette resident Haley Bryant, it's been quite a while since she and her family stepped into a movie theater. 

"It's a little daunting to think about going back," Bryant said. "But you don't want that to stop you from living life." 

Fear is something that has prevented some residents from returning to a movie theater after the Grand Theater shooting, but that might change if a proposed bill requiring metal detectors inside theaters gets approved. 

"I guess when something happens in your city you think twice about going to certain events and doing certain things," Bryant said.  "I think anything to make it safer; anything just to make people feel more comfortable is a good thing." 
 
Devon Castillo, a Lafayette resident, also agrees with the proposal. "I can be able to bring my family in there without looking behind me in the movie while I'm watching the movie," Castillo said. "You can go places with your family and know that you're protected." 

Norton will introduce the bill in March during the next session. Her idea could become reality if approved. 

"To have to go through a metal detector just to go through a movie is very sad, but if it means safer [sic] for little kids and safer for everybody then it's a good thing," Bryant said.  

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