In its dress code, Disney World prohibits visitors from carrying "weapons of any kind" into its theme parks. But not all gun-carrying visitors are aware.
Angelo Lista told The Orlando Sentinel last year that he was clueless about Disney's gun policy after he left his loaded Cobra .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol on a dinosaur ride at Animal Kingdom.
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"It was my mistake, but I wish I would've known more about" the policy, said Lista, who was escorted out of the park after he retrieved his weapon, which fell out of his pocket during the ride.
A grandmother found the firearm, loaded with five hollow-point bullets, after departing the ride with her grandson.
According to the newspaper, Disney employees rarely search any of the thousands of daily visitors. There are no metal detectors and guests can enter uninhibited unless they are carrying bags, which must be inspected.
Lista said he forgot to store the gun in his car. He told the Orlando Sentinel that Disney officials said if he found himself on the premises and armed in the future, he could tell a security officer, who would steer him to a locker so he could store it.
It was not clear if signs prohibiting firearms are visible, the newspaper reported.
Under Florida gun laws, Disney, as well as other private landowners, can limit the open carrying of firearms on property. A guest can be directed to leave for violating the policy, but Disney cannot press criminal charges if the owner legally possesses the weapon.
Lista was able to return to the park the next day without his gun.
This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws of your state and destination before travel.
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