Utah theater cancels gun reform forum; safety concerns
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah movie theater has canceled plans to host survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting at gun reform gathering in South Jordan this weekend because of concerns about potential conflicts with gun-rights activists.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theaters withdrew from the contract Wednesday, less than 24 hours after student organizers announced plans for Saturday’s town hall.
The theater complex is part of the Larry H. Miller Group, which owns car dealerships and the Utah Jazz.
The move comes after The Tribune reported about how the Utah Gun Exchange has taken its military-style armored vehicle across the country to follow the Florida students on their nationwide road trip.
The company said in a statement the event “appears to be escalating into a potentially contentious situation where additional security will be required.”
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com