A Florida man was arrested last week when Disney security at Magic Kingdom found a concealed gun in the man’s backpack. The man claims he forgot the weapon was in his bag and that the incident was “an honest mistake.” No one was injured.
- The Orlando Sentinel reports that 29-year-old Terry Bruce of Dayton Beach was arrested and charged for bringing a concealed firearm with him to Magic Kingdom.
- According to the arrest affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Disney security found a “9 mm handgun in a holster and two loaded magazines” at a security checkpoint outside of the park.
- Bruce was charged with a third-degree felony.
- A Disney spokeswoman referred to the incident as a “law enforcement matter.” She also noted that Disney immediately informed local law enforcement when the gun was found.
- The Sentinel interviewed Bruce on Monday and he indicated that he understood how serious the situation was, especially bringing his weapon, “in a place where families and children are.”
- Bruce also referred to the incident as, “an honest mistake” and said, “I completely forgot the firearm was in my bag."
- Bruce said he usually keeps the weapon in the trunk or glove box of his car, but left it in his backpack because he and his girlfriend kept switching which car they’d take to Orlando.
- Bruce is not licensed to carry a concealed gun.
- As always, Walt Disney World rules prohibit bringing guns and other weapons to the parks.