As it turns out, our first report Monday of a person bringing a loaded weapon into a Walt Disney World Theme Park was correct. There were actually two incidents Monday morning, one at Epcot and one at Animal Kingdom. We had initially reported the Animal Kingdom incident, news of which we received from an inside source at the park, but as the Epcot incident unfolded, we had assumed our source was confused, as we would have never thought such an occurrence would happen twice within hours of each other.
But indeed our source was correct. Court records show an Alabama woman, Baleigh Turner, was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed firearm, after Disney security found a .380 caliber pistol in her backpack. Apparently the woman did have a concealed weapon permit in Alabama, but it had expired. Even if the permit had been valid, weapons are not permitted in Disney theme parks.
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