Anyone who has visited any of the Disney parks, anywhere in the world, knows that these places have pretty strict rules about what you can and can’t bring with you. While necessary items like sunscreen, Mickey ears, and portable phone chargers are absolutely encouraged, other things, like weapons, are absolutely prohibited. Much like they would be when you go through airport security.
However, Nathan Polit, a 29-year-old from Boynton Beach, Florida, says he accidentally left his gun in his bag when he tried to enter the Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando on Sunday, according to USA Today.
In an affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Polit claims that he “forgot” his gun in his bag. The gun, a 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol, was only placed in his bag because Polit was concerned someone might steal it from his car, so he decided to stow it in his backpack overnight, USA Today reported. Polit says he forgot to put the firearm back in his car in the morning.
Polit did not have a permit to carry the weapon as well, according to USA Today. It was also apparently loaded when Polit attempted to go through the security line at the Animal Kingdom. On Monday, Polit was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, a third-degree felony, NBC reported. Officers said that Polit was attempting to enter the park through the “no bag” line, which led them to believe he had no intention of declaring the weapon.
According to USA Today, Polit was charged with a $1,000 bond. Despite concealed carry being allowed in the state of Florida (with proper permits), Walt Disney World reserves the right to ban all weapons, including knives, ammunition, and firearms according to its website.