Aaron Lopez, 35, of Palm Beach, Florida, was arrested after security found a Glock pistol, two magazines and 48 rounds on him as he attempted to enter Walt Disney World.
A man attempted to carry a gun and 48 rounds through part of Walt Disney World – and called the rules ‘stupid’ when arrested.
Aaron Lopez, of Palm Beach, Florida, was surprised as he attempted to enter Disney Springs, a sprawling entertainment complex “featuring an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants and cutting-edge entertainment the breath”.
The 35-year-old sounded an alarm when he walked through security sensors and initially claimed he only had a knife before telling security he was also carrying a Glock pistol.
He also had the ammunition and two magazines and although he claimed he had a valid licence, he was charged with carrying a concealed firearm.
Disney bans guns at all of its theme parks and properties, but Lopez said he’s allowed to have the gun and that the park rules are “dumb.”
The security guard who caught Lopez said: “I told him I was going to search his bag and he told me he had a folding knife in his bag. I told him to show me the knife then I said I have to search his bag, he still hasn’t put it on the table at this point.
“Then he goes on to say, ‘Oh, there’s something else here besides a knife I want to put back in my car. He then turned around and walked away.
Another cast member arrested Lopez and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office was called.
Lopez was escorted out of the Orlando park and arrested on May 27.
The arrest report reads: ‘We checked the firearm for a serial number. None could be located. Lopez told us the gun is a Glock clone and he needs to submit paperwork to the state to get a serial number assigned to it.
“Aaron told me he had a valid firearms license, but none could be located in a law enforcement database.”
Similar incidents occur regularly at the resort and two weeks before Lopez’s arrest, convicted felon Quincy Campbell, 33, of North Carolina, was arrested after security found a gun in a hanging bag around his neck.
He said it was his sister and fought with the police.
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In the final weeks of 2021, five people were arrested for carrying a range of handguns around the station, claiming they forgot they were in their bags.
After his arrest, Lopez said he had never been in trouble with the law before, had a good job, and carried the gun for protection.
He added: “It doesn’t matter where I am. I carry a weapon with me at all times. I can be at the restaurant, I can be at Disney. I do not care. I carry a weapon at all times. Period. I don’t trust law enforcement…I don’t trust anyone.
“At the end of the day, it’s the Second Amendment. I have the right to bring it. The fact that Disney is a private place and they don’t allow it, I think is kind of stupid. “