LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) – A 63 year old woman from Pennsylvania was arrested on Sunday after attempting to enter Walt Disney World with a loaded handgun. Walt Disney World security personnel discovered a silver color, Beretta .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun during a routine safety check as the woman was attempting to enter the park with other family members.
The woman, identified as Mary Ann Richardson of Nickelson, Pennsylvania, stated that she traveled with the handgun and had forgotten she was carrying it in her purse. Walt Disney World Security notified The Orange County Sheriff’s Office which sent deputies to recover the gun. It was in was loaded with seven live rounds in the magazine; the chamber however was empty.
Inside her purse the woman also had a pair of scissors and a locked blade knife. Orange County deputies took the woman into custody and charged her with possession of a concealed weapon. The incident remains under investigation.
Stringent, zero-tolerance, security measures have been in place at all Central Florida theme parks since September 11, 2001.