Employees of Walt Disney World, Florida’s largest single-site employer, won’t be packing any heat in the company parking lots anytime soon, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The giant resort has declared that much of its sprawling property is exempt from a new state law that allows Floridians with concealed-weapons permits to keep firearms locked in their cars at work. Disney, which has 60,000 employees and a long-standing policy against allowing guns on its land, cites an arcane — and late-added — loophole in the new law.
The National Rifle Association issued an alert yesterday to members under the heading, “Disney Thumbing Nose at the New Florida Gun Law,” accusing Disney of being a “prime offender when it comes to firing employees for exercising Second Amendment rights.” The law exempts “property owned or leased by an employer who has obtained a permit” under federal law for explosives. Disney has such a permit, for the extensive fireworks used in its theme parks.