An afternoon after a Utah movie theater hastily pulled out of website hosting a town hall with the survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, the scholars have booked a new location for the Saturday tournament.
The March For Our Lives “Road to Change” tournament will now be held on the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, in step with a submit at the native March for Our Lives Facebook page. The tournament is one of the to characteristic the Florida scholars, who’re touring around the nation this summer time to advertise and talk about gun reform along scholars in native March for Our Lives chapters.
Organizers scrambled to find a new venue Wednesday after officers on the Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres — a part of the Larry H. Miller Group, which additionally owns automotive dealerships and the Utah Jazz — canceled the development about 24 hours after scholars introduced the positioning in South Jordan. Movie theater officers mentioned they didn’t know the “full context” of the development prior to reserving it and that it now “seems to be escalating right into a doubtlessly contentious scenario.”
The scholars mentioned they settled at the expo heart as a result of officers there complied with scholars’ request for the development to be gun-free on account of “reputable protection issues.”
Utah Gun Exchange, in step with the discharge, presented greater safety at its venue, however “has not offered to make their event space gun-free.”
Representatives for the industry additionally met with March for Our Lives participants Wednesday and characteried the assembly as “sucessful.”
In the March for Our Live SLC press free up, scholars looked as if it would distance themselves from the gang, which has been vocal critics in their efforts, and query its motives.
“We would also like to remind the media and all involved parties that Utah Gun Exchange is not a nonprofit organization like the National Rifle Association, or a legislative advocacy group like Utah Shooting Sports Council. Utah Gun Exchange is a business,” the commentary mentioned. “We are not obligated to mold our movement for gun reform and public safety around the desires of a business whose financial success could be negatively influenced by our legislative goals.”
The crew mentioned it hopes to paintings with legislators and others to craft rules to handle gun problems, including that participants are in particular excited the development will likely be held inside U.S. Rep. Mia Love’s district.
Love, March For Our Lives SLC mentioned in its commentary, is a number one recipient of donations from gun-rights lobbyists. In truth, the Utah Republican won $63,520 from gun lobbyists all over the 2016 election cycle, in step with a Politico database. That’s the 6th maximum of all House of Representatives participants, with Love tallying about $10,000 greater than California Rep. Kevin McCarthy and about $five,000 lower than Nevada Rep. Joe Heck. Both represenatives are Republicans.
The 6 p.m. tournament is open to the general public, despite the fact that house is proscribed. One thousand precedence tickets are to be had.