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Disney World claims exemption to Florida’s Right to Self Defense At Work Law, Guns Still Banned

Despite Florida becoming the winter headquarters for much of the north’s population and the migratory destination for countless others, it still remains firmly planted in the traditions of the south. One of those traditions is a strong protectionist argument for the right to bear arms.

When state legislators felt too much infringing on that right, they passed the “Preservation and Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles Act of 2008” a.k.a the Guns-At-Work law. The law lets an employee keep a firearm in their vehicle when at work, in case it is ever needed for self-defense (most likely when some other employee who brought their firearm to work decides to weld it unwisely).

Smartly Disney and a few other groups had a couple last minute exemptions written into the law. One of which forbids firearms when the company has a permit for explosives which includes, in Disney’s case, fireworks. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the bill’s supporters are upset saying they didn’t mean to exempt all of Walt Disney World. And yet, that’s how the bill reads.

So for now, leave that firearm at home Disney Cast Member. Okay.

Oddly enough Universal Studios and SeaWorld, both of whom could apply the fireworks exemption, each choose a different path.

[Universal] houses a work-study program, the Universal Education Center, that is staffed by Orange County Public Schools. “We are required to follow school district policies,” spokesman Tom Schroder said. “The Orange County Public School System is exempt from this law. We have so informed our team members.”

SeaWorld takes an entirely different approach: That company supports the rights of its employees or visitors to transport legal firearms in their cars, “and we have for some time,” spokeswoman Becca Bides said.

I can see both sides of the argument and mostly just hope I’ll never end up in a situation where the law could be used because gun violence is bad in my book.