A new petition to the U.S. Department of Justice demanding that movie theaters across the country be shut down has garnered more than 50,000 signatures.
The petition says that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI “have demonstrated a clear disregard for the rights of movie theaters to host movies, and will not allow movies to play in their theaters unless they are screened with full-body scanners or other security measures” and “they must close.”
The petition is being led by Phoenix’s movie theater chain, Phoenix Cinemas, which is owned by the Arizona-based Phoenix Foundation for Public Service, which has worked with movie theaters in other states.
The foundation, which was founded in 1997, was instrumental in securing passage of the Logan Act in 1986.
That law, which prohibits U..
S.-born citizens from bringing their spouses and children to the United States, was passed to combat terrorism.
Since then, the Logan act has been used to ban the entry of many foreign nationals, and to block entry of foreign nationals from certain countries.
The Department of State’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INLAD) are also conducting investigations to determine whether movie theaters are complying with the Logan law.
In January, the Justice Department said that it had closed the Logan movie theater in Tucson, Arizona, after more than 1,000 people showed up at the theater, citing “safety concerns” about the theater’s security.
A spokesman for the Phoenix Foundation told Vice News that the Phoenix Movie theaters are not participating in the petition and are “disappointed in the actions of the Department and OFAC to shut down our theaters.”
Phoenix Movie Theater was the latest to be shuttered following the shooting at the Aurora movie theater on July 20.
The FBI was also reportedly involved in the shutdown.