Mobile Woman Arrested With Loaded Gun in Backpack at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

ORLANDO, FL (WKRG/WFLA) — Florida authorities have arrested a Mobile woman after they found a loaded handgun in her backpack at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando.

23-year-old Baleigh Turner of Mobile, Alabama was found with the pistol at the front gate of the theme park on Monday.

The gun, a .380 caliber Taurus pistol, was in a holster with a magazine holding six bullets when it was discovered at the front gate by a Disney employee. None of the bullets were in the chamber of the gun.

Deputies responded to the bag check table at a Disney employee’s request. Turner told deputies she had a weapons permit issued in Alabama where she lives. The deputy called the issuing agency in Alabama and was told Turner’s concealed weapons permit expired on Jan. 29, 2016.

The deputy arrested Turner on a charge of carrying a concealed firearm without a valid permit.

Turner was the second person arrested on Monday for trying to bring a loaded gun into an Orlando Disney theme park. A Louisiana man was arrested and banned from all Walt Disney World properties after attempting to enter Epcot with a loaded firearm.

Turner does not have a criminal record in Mobile County.  It is unknown if she was attempting to enter the park with her family or friends. She is being held on $2,000 bail.


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