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AG: Disney can bar guns, but not everywhere

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August

The state Attorney General's Office has determined Walt Disney Resort has a right to bar employees from bringing guns to work, but Disney has backed off a policy prohibiting workers from doing the same at its locations, including Celebration and a reservation center in Tampa.

Disney was the most prominent Florida corporation to buck a new state law allowing employees with concealed weapons permits to bring a gun to work and leave it in a locked vehicle. The AG's Office upheld the exemption at the resort because of the large volume of fireworks on site.

A memo (full version in jump) being sent to Disney staffers today reads, "Due to uncertainty regarding how the new law applies to various other locations outside of the Walt Disney World Resort area, we are modifying our policy for our facilities at Celebration, Little Lake Bryan, Orlando International Airport, the Disney Reservation Centers in Orlando and Tampa, and other facilities located in Orlando and Kissimmee outside of the Walt Disney World Resort area."

Attorney General Bill McCollum has not made a ruling on other companies that claimed an exemption, including Georgia-Pacific's paper mill in Palatka. (story here)

In late June, we notified Cast Members, Imagineers and Crew Members that the new Florida law related to bringing guns to work does not apply to our Walt Disney World® Resort area property, which includes:
•       all Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks and Downtown
Disney;
•       all Walt Disney World hotels, including Disney Vacation Club
resorts;
•       Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and other recreation areas;
•       hotels on Hotel Plaza Boulevard;
•       our offices and other support facilities within the Walt Disney
World Resort area; and
•       all Cast Member and guest parking areas at all of the above
locations.

Cast Members, Imagineers and Crew Members may not bring a gun to our Walt Disney World Resort area property at any time, even if they are visiting as a guest. This policy will continue to be strictly enforced. Reedy Creek Improvement District facilities are not subject to our policies.

We also announced in late June that Cast Members and Crew Members working at Disney's Vero Beach Resort, Port Canaveral, the La Quinta warehouse on Orange Blossom Trail and Disney-owned liquidation stores located outside of the Walt Disney World Resort area would be allowed to keep a gun locked in their personal vehicle as permitted by the new law. There is no change to this aspect of our policy.

Due to uncertainty regarding how the new law applies to various other locations outside of the Walt Disney World Resort area, we are modifying our policy for our facilities at Celebration, Little Lake Bryan, Orlando International Airport, the Disney Reservation Centers in Orlando and Tampa, and other facilities located in Orlando and Kissimmee outside of the Walt Disney World Resort area. Until further clarification is received, Cast Members at those facilities will be subject to the same policy in effect at
the other locations outside of the Walt Disney World Resort area. Specifically, those Cast Members will be allowed to keep a gun locked in their personal vehicle as long as they have a concealed-weapons permit, the gun is not visible, and the gun is not removed from the vehicle or exhibited for any reason other than lawful defensive purposes.

Guns may not be kept in our Company vehicles under any circumstances.

In addition, Cast Members, Imagineers and Crew Members who work outside of the Walt Disney World Resort area are not allowed to have a gun in their vehicle if they drive onto the Walt Disney World Resort area property.

The Florida Attorney General's office has determined that our Walt Disney World Resort area property is exempt from the new law.

A violation of this policy may lead to discipline, not excluding termination. If you want more information, please review the questions and answers and map of the Walt Disney World Resort area that are posted with this updated policy on The Hub, or contact your Leader or your department's Human Resources representative.

The safety and security of Cast and Guests remain a top priority. Please practice safe behaviors at all locations. In an emergency, call 911. If you see a gun in a non-emergency situation, please call Security.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:07am]

    

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