Loaded gun found in seat of Animal Kingdom ride

Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7:13 PM | Contributed by CPJ

A Walt Disney World park guest found a loaded gun in the seat of a ride at the Animal Kingdom that had fallen out of a man's back pocket on Sunday. A grandmother handed a Cobra .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol about noon to a park attendant, who immediately contacted security and the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The owner claimed the firearm — which had five hollow point bullets inside — fell out of his back pocket during the bumpy Dinosaur ride.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7:41 PM

Bumpy ride + loaded gun = potential tragedy.

How the heck did he get into the park with that thing???

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:01 PM

D'oh

Last edited by sws, Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:03 PM
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:04 PM

Let's just thank our lucky stars it wasn't dry ice in a bottle!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:07 PM

I never ceased to be embarrassed for my state...never.

We should all be thankful that this didn't end tragically...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:19 PM

Apparently the guy had a CCW permit, but claims he didn't know guns weren't allowed in DW, or that he'd even lost it.

Just when I thought I'd heard the stupidest thing imaginable, it gets worse...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 9:08 PM

Darwin Award

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 9:33 PM

Bumpy ride + loaded gun does not equal potential tragedy. There are safeties involved and guns don't just go off when jostled around.

That being said, why the hell would you need a gun in a Disney park even if they were allowed? Leave it in the car. If you do take it in, know where it is at all times. I check for my keys and wallet after every ride, I'd be damn sure I didn't drop my gun!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:24 PM

Why the hell would you need a gun in an elementary school even if they were allowed?

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:24 PM

kpjb said:

That being said, why the hell would you need a gun in a Disney park even if they were allowed?

Line cutters???

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:01 PM

Mike, talking about loaded guns in school, this was on the local news tonight.

Last edited by sws, Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:02 PM
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:11 PM

Bad day for Disney

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:15 PM

kpjb said: That being said, why the hell would you need a gun in a Disney park even if they were allowed?

If you really need to get that specific seat, it comes in handy.

Clark W. Griswold anyone?

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:27 PM

Clark W. Griswold, the original ride volleyer.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:29 PM

^"Where are the big rides? The big ones!?!"

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:31 PM

That's what she said....

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 1:00 AM

kpjb said:

Bumpy ride + loaded gun does not equal potential tragedy. There are safeties involved and guns don't just go off when jostled around.

I was thinking more along the lines of a child picking it up thinking it was a toy. It is Disney. And here in FL alone, we've had more than our share of kids shooting people recently (themselves, siblings, caregivers).

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Saturday, June 1, 2013 9:51 AM

kpjb said:

Bumpy ride + loaded gun does not equal potential tragedy. There are safeties involved and guns don't just go off when jostled around.

That being said, why the hell would you need a gun in a Disney park even if they were allowed? Leave it in the car. If you do take it in, know where it is at all times. I check for my keys and wallet after every ride, I'd be damn sure I didn't drop my gun!

I knew that, I meant potential tragedy if a kid started playing with it, thinking it was part of the ride or something.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013 10:08 AM

Right, because it was obvious that "bumpy ride + loaded gun = tragedy" actually meant "loaded gun + kid playing with it thinking it was part of the ride or something = tragedy".

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Saturday, June 1, 2013 4:18 PM

Seeing this reminds me of the movie National Lamppon's Vacation - you know, the part where they're at the amusement park "Wally World" (actually SFMM), and the dad holds a security guard to a gun, forcing him to let his family ride the coasters. I know, terrible. But amusing!

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