Published 1:08 PM EST Dec 17, 2019
Police discovered that a man had a gun in his backpack during a bag inspection at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World on Sunday.
The 29-year-old Florida man, Nathan Polit, said he “forgot” the gun was in his bag, according to an arrest affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Polit claimed he moved the gun from his car to his bag overnight because he was worried someone would steal it from his car.
He said he didn’t have a permit for the gun, a black 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol. It was loaded with eight target-style Luger rounds and in a cloth belt clip holster, according to the police report. USA TODAY has reached out to Walt Disney World for comment.
Responding officer Michael Lappas arrested Polit on a charge of carrying a concealed firearm, believing he “had no intentions of declaring his firearm to any uniform security or law enforcement and (chose) to enter the no bag line with his
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concealed firearm and would have entered the park armed with a loaded and concealed firearm.”
Polit was issued a trespass warning from Walt Disney World, according to the report, and police took the gun into evidence. It’s unclear if he met the $1,000 bond.
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