Prohibited weapons are always a big issue, especially for casinos. Guns can be used for armed robbery, or for inflicting harm to others. After all, losing money can sometimes make a person lose momentary sanity.
In the State of Nevada, gun owners are allowed to conceal carry or open carry, even inside a casino. A casino does not have any authority to prevent guest from carrying their guns in their casino. They are, on the other hand, allowed to request the guest to leave. While it is not a crime to carry a firearm into a casino, if that person refuses to leave the premise after being told to do so, they may face charges of trespassing.
Gun control has always been strict in casinos. Casino owners and their security team always want to maintain and ensure a safe environment so guests do not need to bring weapons on site. However, there are still occasions wherein guests are able to sneak in weaponry through certain security lapses.
The Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino is aiming to prevent the entry of prohibited weapons by implementing and installing a new radar technology that can scans individuals for any firearms, knives, and other weapons that they may be trying to bring inside the premise.
The new technology is called Patscan and is developed by Patriot One Technologies. The tech implements microwaves to scan a person for any weapons. What makes this technology an ideal security measure for casinos is that it is covert as most people will not even realize it is there. Unlike whole body scanners found in airports, Patscan units are small enough to be installed inside existing structure.
The recent Las Vegas shooting incident that resulted in 58 deaths and more than 500 injuries has placed the security measures that casinos there implement in bad light. Implementing the Patscan CMR will enable a better security measure for the casino as well as peace of mind for many of its guest.
For now, Westgate's security personnel along with Patriot One engineers will be testing their gear at certain locations before placing them throughout the premise.