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South Carolina House of Blues Concert Cancellation Highlights Live Nation’s Commitment to Gun-Sense Policy for Artists and Concertgoers Alike
WASHINGTON – Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded Live Nation for holding fast to a no-weapons policy that applies to audience members and performers alike after South Carolina’s House of Blues, a Live Nation venue, cancelled Sunday night’s Jamey Johnson concert. The cancellation occurred after the country singer’s team said it would not abide by a weapons policy that prohibited them from bringing firearms into the venue’s backstage area.
The venue announced its decision in a public statement on Facebook. “As always, the safety and security of our guests is our number one priority,” the House of Blues wrote on Sunday night. “Tonight’s artist refused to adhere to our safety and security guidelines and would not enter the building.”
STATEMENT FROM SHANNON WATTS, FOUNDER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA, PART OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“Moms Demand Action applauds the House of Blues and Live Nation for their commitment to gun sense. Their no-weapons policy prioritizes the safety of all guests of the venue – artists and concertgoers alike. Americans should be able to go to a concert or dance in a nightclub without the fear of gun violence. The Live Nation policy puts the security and safety of its customers first.”
Moms Demand Action has a history of working with national businesses to prioritize gun safety. Past campaigns have garnered hundreds of thousands of supporters to successfully persuade corporate giants like Facebook, Starbucks, Target, Chipotle, Sonic, Chili’s, and Jack in the Box to publicly announce gun sense policies. More information on Moms Demand Action’s corporate campaigns is available here.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
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