Grandma busted for trying to carry handgun into Magic Kingdom

Posted Monday, December 10, 2007 9:42 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A 63-year old Pennsylvania grandmother is out of jail this morning after deputies arrested her Sunday for trying to enter Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom with a loaded handgun, knife and scissors. Orange County Jail records show that Mary Ann Richardson, of Nickelson, PA, posted a $2,000 bail early this morning after deputies charged her with carrying a concealed weapon inside the theme park with her grandchildren.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

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Monday, December 10, 2007 10:37 AM

Richardson told investigators that she[...]had forgotten she was carrying it.

Now that's a face you can trust.

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Monday, December 10, 2007 11:11 AM
I'm actually happy that those security checkpoints aren't as pointless as I once thought. You never have to go to long before some idiot does something like bringing a loaded gun into a theme park.

I guess the main question to all this is why was she carrying a loaded gun, actually no, why was she carrying a gun loaded or not it's still crazy and of course you've got the pair scissors and the knife.

The only thing this story does is that it gives everyone a reminder of how crazy this world really is.

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Monday, December 10, 2007 11:33 AM
I've almost walked into no-carry zones with my pistol before. After wearing it day in and day out for months, you tend to forget about it. I parked at the hospital once for an event we were doing, walked across the parking lot before realizing I had to walk back to drop off my gun.

If that makes me crazy, well, I guess I'm a crazy! :)

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Monday, December 10, 2007 11:33 AM
Wow, just wow! I'd hate to be the castmember who has to tell her the Fastpasses for Peter Pan are gone for the day.
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Monday, December 10, 2007 11:47 AM
^^Did you carry a knife and scissors with you as well Ben? :)
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Monday, December 10, 2007 11:49 AM
I do carry a knife. I have no use for scissors usually.
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Monday, December 10, 2007 12:11 PM
Thank God I was off yesterday.
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Monday, December 10, 2007 1:06 PM
And why do you need to carry one at all? To shoot bad guys before they shoot you?
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Monday, December 10, 2007 1:07 PM
Those small-town people! :)

Okay, but almost seriously: I might have to arrest that one just for holding a spork wrong. $5 says she could kill you armed with only a tube of Crest!

-CO
(okay, okay I'm done)

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Monday, December 10, 2007 1:12 PM
I guess she had the nickel-plated Q-bot!

(So I guess I wasn't done. Sue me) :) :)

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Monday, December 10, 2007 1:56 PM
bholcomb practices his 2nd amendment right to bear arms?

That's a paddlin'!

;)

~Rob Willi

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Monday, December 10, 2007 3:25 PM
I carry because I went through all the hoops to get a card that said I could. I took a class, had to demonstrate proper firearm control, I was fingerprinted, profiled and background checked for the FBI and they've got all that on file with the State Police. I also had to go in front of the gun board along with pay some hefty fees.

Fact of the matter is, I never ever want to use it.

Working with amateur radio, it's very possible sometime I will be involved with a disaster event. The cops 'securing' the place aren't going to do anything to save me if someone crazy shows up. They're going to be looking out for #1 and that's it.

I also used to work third shift and spent a fair amount of time alone in buildings here at work with millions upon millions of dollars worth of equipment.

Also, having one of those cards requires you to disclose to a peace officer immediately, which is in of itself a way of telling the officer that not only have I been fingerprinted, I've had a background check and have a completely clean record (anything over a speeding ticket disqualifies you in MI). They tend to believe what you tell them.

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Monday, December 10, 2007 3:48 PM
It sounds to me like you got the card and did the work because you wanted to carry one, not vice versa. So, why exactly did you do that?

I've tried to understand with an open mind why anyone needs a gun in this country, but no one has ever succeeded in making a convincing argument.

A Pakistani guy I work with is quick to point out that everyone in his country of origin has guns, and you can see how well that's working out.

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Monday, December 10, 2007 4:02 PM
I just told you my reasons for carrying. In a disaster situation it may be useful, and I used to work thirds and would be alone quite often.

So, a tool of personal protection in a number of different possible scenarios.

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Monday, December 10, 2007 4:27 PM
So you're planning for the apocalypse?

I used to listen to the amateur radio idiots run around and chase storms to confirm what radar already knew. No offense, but please don't be one of those people who thinks they're doing something really important. If that becomes the only way to electronically communicate, we've got much bigger problems to deal with.

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Monday, December 10, 2007 5:23 PM
As opposed to really important things like debating whether El Toro should be considered a wooden coaster.
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Monday, December 10, 2007 5:34 PM
"Working with amateur radio, it's very possible sometime I will be involved with a disaster event. The cops 'securing' the place aren't going to do anything to save me if someone crazy shows up. They're going to be looking out for #1 and that's it"

I hope the cops where ever your from, protect me from people like you. I work 2nd and 3rd.. never has crossed my mine that a gun is what I need. Yes I work alone and piles of valueable stuff laying around. While I'm at the amusement park, you go enjoy your NRA meeting.

" I parked at the hospital once for an event we were doing, walked across the parking lot before realizing I had to walk back to drop off my gun."

Sounds like those classes really paid off.. hope you didn't put it in the baby seat.

"If that makes me crazy, well, I guess I'm a crazy! "

Hello Crazy... Put the gun down and get on the coaster!

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Monday, December 10, 2007 5:46 PM
I can't imagine why anyone would want to carry a gun in America unless they're unstable or have delusions of persecution. Certainly guns don't belong in amusement parks and anyone who forgot she was carrying such a deadly instrument doesn't deserve to carry it.
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Monday, December 10, 2007 6:11 PM
RGB: You're not contributing anything. Run along.
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