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Dear Management of Palladium 12 Theatre,
I had a very unfortunate experience with your manager named Mark this last Sunday. I legally openly carry a firearm wherever it is not prohibited by law. Since I have a Michigan Concealed Pistol License, I am exempted from most of
the State's pistol-free zone while I openly carry a firearm (although there are some other restrictions like a courthouse, casino and Federal buildings)--strike this as irrelevant
. Manager Mark approached me after I had bought movie tickets and was in the concession line. He informed me that firearms were not allowed. I explained to Manager Mark that I openly carry a firearm legally and asked if this was actually theatre policy since there was no sign posted. He didn't seem to--strike
know for sure but settled on the answer that it was indeed the theatre's policy. I immediately left and secured my firearm off theatre premise. Private property rights are just important to me as the right to bear arms.--strike
I returned without my firearm with some printed information on open carry in Michigan. Manager Mike mentioned something about the high volume of people, which is not relevant, and repeatedly rolled his eyes at me.
What made me feel especially disrespected was the timing. This was Memorial Day and I had just come from marching in a Memorial Day Parade that honored our nation's veterans who have sacrificed so much for our unalienable rights. I have served in the US Marine Corps and as previously stated I have a Michigan Concealed Pistol License. I train regularly and safely. Having policies that ban legally carried firearms results in only illegally carried firearms on your premises since only law-abiding citizens with follow your rules and criminals by definition do not follow rules. I carry a firearm to protect my loved ones, myself and to deter crime wherever I go.
Please clarify your firearm policy, if any. I hope to see you model the Starbucks Corporation that has decided to comply with local laws and statutes in all the communities they serve (http://starbucks.tekgroup.com/articl...ticle_id=332).
I have informed many in the Michigan open carry movement via the internet. We all are eagerly awaiting your response. Your decision will affect our decision to support your business or boycott it.