Gun loaded with hollow-point bullets found on Orlando Disney ride

Published On: May 30 2013 07:12:52 AM HST

Orange County deputies were called to Animal Kingdom on Sunday after a loaded gun was found on the seat of a ride.

Officials said a little after noon a woman approached a Disney employee and handed her a gun.

A young boy with the woman told the employee that his grandmother had found the gun on the seat of the Dinosaur ride, a report said.

The employee called for a manager who then called deputies and Disney security.

An off-duty Orange County Sheriff's deputy then unloaded the Cobra .380 automatic pistol, which had a loaded magazine of five hollow-point bullets.

According to a report, Angelo Lista told authorities the gun was his and provided officials with his up-to-date Florida concealed weapons permit.

Lista told investigators that when he arrived earlier in the day and went through security he was not checked because he didn't have a bag and that the gun was in his back pocket.

Officials said Lista told them that he thought the bag check being conducted was to only search for bombs or explosives, and because it wasn't posted he didn't know he couldn't bring the gun inside the park.

The report says Lista believes the gun slipped out his pocket while on the "extremely bumpy" ride, and didn't know he lost the gun until several minutes after exiting the ride.

Deputies said once Lista realized he no longer had the gun he immediately returned to the attraction hoping to retrieve the gun, but the unidentified woman had already found it in her seat.

He told WESH 2 News that he brought the gun to be safe.

"There were bullets in the magazine but not in the chamber, so no one could have been accidentally shot," Lista said. "I was just thinking of the safety of my family. If there had been some psycho there, I'd rather be prepared. You just never know."

Disney management decided not to press trespassing charges against Lista, but did ask him to leave the park for the rest of the day, the report said.

Investigators said Lista complied with Disney's request and was very apologetic for the incident.

A Disney spokeswoman said, "Guns are not permitted on property. As soon as we were made aware of the situation we contacted Orange County Sheriff's Office and they took possession of the weapon. The guest was escorted to his car and was not allowed to return."


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