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Predictions security will increase at Vegas hotels and casinos

Police block a road on the Las Vegas Strip near the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino shortly after sunrise Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. A deadly shooting occurred late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill)

Criminology professor wouldn't be surprised to see a call for metal detectors in hotels, following Las Vegas shooting

'American public policy on guns has been atrocious,' says SFU criminology professor

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Las Vegas’ reputation as a free-and-easy party town where anything goes may see some changes.

There are predictions security in Sin City could become much more obtrusive after Sunday’s massacre.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there is call for metal detectors going into hotels and increased security,” says Neil Boyd, a professor of criminology at Simon Fraser University.

“Whether that will have an impact on preventing future tragedies of this kind, I don’t know. I think there are very many different ways in which one can create this kind of a massacre, unfortunately.”

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However, Boyd predicts hotel and casino-operators will want to buoy up confidence in the tourism-dependent destination.

“I do think there is going to be some desire on the part of Las Vegas to calm fears and to reassure people that steps have been taken to ensure that this kind of atrocity doesn’t happen again,” he tells NEWS 1130, adding that Americans also need to continue the debate over gun control.

“American public policy on guns has really been kind of atrocious and has led to deaths from suicide and homicide. I think they, as a country, ought to examine the extent to which they permit weapons that go far outside hunting and can be used to kill in great numbers, as we saw in Las Vegas.”

Boyd believes there is no reason for private citizens to have access to the kind of firearms associated with Sunday’s shootings.

“The United States has a kind of weaponry that is unparalleled in most advanced, western democracies … One can only hope that this kind of tragedy might prompt at least some reappraisal of their approach.”