Florida man brought AR-15 to Disney resort for family’s safety amid protests, deputies say


FILE – In this Thursday, July 2, 2020, file photo, cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. A new television show about the residents and caretakers at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is being produced by National Geographic and will start streaming in the fall of 2020 on the Disney+. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

ORLANDO (WFLA) — A Florida man told deputies he brought an AR-15 rifle and a handgun to a Disney World resort last month because he was concerned for his family’s safety amid the racial justice protests in Central Florida, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

In a newly-released sheriff’s office incident report, the Orlando Sentinel says a 43-year-old Palm Beach Gardens man checked into the Polynesian Village Resort with guns in a tennis bag on the Saturday of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The Orlando Sentinel said the bellman handling the man’s bag when escorting it to his room noticed how heavy it was, checked inside, and reported it to his manager who in turn contacted the sheriff’s office.

The report said the man had a concealed weapons permit and was not arrested. Disney stored his guns for him until the end of his trip, according to the report.


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