A grandmother found a loaded handgun on the seat of a ride at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom on Sunday.
The woman gave the gun–a Cobra .380–to the attendant of the Dinosaur ride. The attendant called her manager, who in turn told Disney security and the sheriff’s office. Disney security responded and gave the weapon to an off-duty turnstile deputy, who then unloaded it.
Angelo Lista, from Royal Palm Beach, told deputies he had arrived earlier with his family and gone through the security check area, but the gun was in his back pocket, so the issue never came up. Lista said he didn’t know he was supposed to tell Disney security he had a gun because it wasn’t posted.
Lista said he thought the gun fell out of his back pocket because the ride was “extremely bumpy.”
Upon realizing the gun wasn’t in his pocket, he went back to the ride and then to the area where people were getting off the ride trying to locate the gun.
“Angelo said he would comply and was very apologetic for what happened,” the sheriff’s report said.
Lista was asked to leave the property for the rest of the day, and the gun was confiscated “for safe keeping.” He was told he could pick it up from the sheriff’s office evidence department.
The sheriff’s office said the case was closed.