At Magic Kingdom, tourists forget they brought a gun


Authorities intercepted a gun that a Missouri had man forgotten about when he tried to enter the Magic Kingdom with his wife and 4-year-old daughter during the busy holiday season last month, according to a law enforcement report released Wednesday.

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The 35-year-old man and his 34-year-old wife told Disney security they had the unloaded pistol during bag screening around 9 a.m. on Dec. 28, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s incident report. Disney then notified law enforcement.

The gun, which had one magazine and ammunition, was in a zipped carrying bag inside a purse that was inside a backpack.

“He had bought the gun for his wife to carry as protection a couple years ago,” the incident report said. “They apologized stating they forgot to leave it in the hotel room and asked if they could secure the gun somewhere in the park … They forgot the gun was in the purse when they left to come on the family vacation because they have 18 family members attending the trip and had many bags.”

The couple both said they had concealed weapon permits from Missouri although the sheriff’s office could not verify it.

The couple was not arrested, although the sheriff’s office held onto the black Ruger LCP .380. Disney didn’t ban them from the parks either, the report said.

“They felt it was a mistake on the part of the guest and were satisfied with taking the weapon for safekeeping,” the sheriff’s report said.

The family, who lives in Piedmont, a small town about two hours south of St. Louis, did not return a message for comment Wednesday morning.

A few times a year, a sheriff’s report surfaces of somebody accidentally bringing a gun to Walt Disney World, which is the busiest theme park in the world. An estimated nearly 21 million people alone visited the Magic Kingdom in 2018, according to an industry report.

A similar situation happened in May when a Daytona Beach man brought a gun to the Magic Kingdom, although he was arrested and charged with a third-degree felony of carrying a concealed firearm. Terry Bruce, who told the Sentinel “it was an honest mistake,” was ordered in December to pay $518 in fines, be on probation for one year and perform 50 hours of community service in addition to one day of jail time he already served, according to court records.

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