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AMC has banned face-concealing masks and toy weapons in response to the shootings during "The Dark Knight Rises" in Colorado on Friday.
In light of the shooting spree in a Colorado movie theater during the premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises," movie chain AMC has issued a ban on certain costumes and props on their property.
Previous media reports regarding this action said the company had completely banned costumes from their theaters. AMC Theaters has recently released a statement clarifying what items they will no longer permit to be worn in their theaters.
"We will not admit guests with face-concealing masks and we will not allow fake weapons in the buildings," said an official announcement on the AMC Theaters Facebook page. "We want all our guests to feel comfortable at our theatres and we will be closely monitoring.
One of the villains in the latest Batman movie wears a partially-concealing face mask, as do many of the heroes in the film.
According to media reports, alleged Colorado gunman James Holmes was wearing a gas mask that hid his face during the massacre. Reports that Holmes had dyed his hair to resemble Batman villain The Joker were not confirmed by Aurora, CO police, but entertainment news site TMZ has posted a photo of Holmes with orange hair.