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Interesting thread, good stuff everyone.

Can I ask, how is it at the Daytona Int'l Speedway? I'm going July 1st to NASCAR Coke 400.
 

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Disney parks, take a driver's license, credit card, cash and your room key or arm band. You need nothing else and can't take most of it anyway. Plus, without a cell phone or camera, there's no evidence. :)

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Interesting thread, good stuff everyone.

Can I ask, how is it at the Daytona Int'l Speedway? I'm going July 1st to NASCAR Coke 400.
Haven't attended an event there yet but I know some would argue that it is a "professional athletic event" prohibited place listed in F.S. 790.06(12)(a)(9). Me, I'm not sure that's what the legislature meant. :dunno
 

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Interesting thread, good stuff everyone.

Can I ask, how is it at the Daytona Int'l Speedway? I'm going July 1st to NASCAR Coke 400.
Haven't attended an event there yet but I know some would argue that it is a "professional athletic event" prohibited place listed in F.S. 790.06(12)(a)(9). Me, I'm not sure that's what the legislature meant. :dunno
Once upon a time Wifey and I were on the way into the Daytona 200 and she was carrying her tank bag from her motorcycle, which contained a Glock 23. After she picked up her bag I asked "is your party favor in there?" ("party favor" is our code word for gun so we can talk about guns in public without giving it away) and she said "of course". I replied (misquoting the statute) "professional sporting event". She replied with an expletive and we removed her Glock from her bag and secured it in the locking hard bags on my ST1300.

Whether or not race car drivers are "athletes" is something that I think can be honestly debated. The definition of "athlete" is:

noun
1. a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill.

Though most of us don't think of someone who drives a car as an athlete, the definition certainly could encompass it. Within the sport some defend the position ardently.

At the Daytona 200 they were checking bags - but were not wanding people. That said, if it's a professional athletic event then carrying there (on a CWFL) is illegal so you wouldn't want to knowingly do it.
 

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Haven't attended an event there yet but I know some would argue that it is a "professional athletic event" prohibited place listed in F.S. 790.06(12)(a)(9). Me, I'm not sure that's what the legislature meant. :dunno
Thank you, Sir.
I thought it would be prohibited there. I'll do some research prior...

I can only think, all those attending, unable to carry in to the venue... and the 'arsenal' of weapons that would be locked in all those cars in the parking lots during the event.
 

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Thank you, Sir.
I thought it would be prohibited there. I'll do some research prior...

I can only think, all those attending, unable to carry in to the venue... and the 'arsenal' of weapons that would be locked in all those cars in the parking lots during the event.
This is the problem with gun free zones. They create gun thievery zones in the process. Especially if the "athletic event" is something like NASCAR. :)
 

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Forget about any weapons at any Disney properties. They now have magnetometers at all entrances and treat all guests as suspicious characters. If you are found to have a weapon in any of the resorts, you may find yourself being banned for life. At the park gate, they will escort you to your car and invite you to leave and return another day without your weapon. My wife and I visited the Magic Kingdom in May 2017 and at that time, they were in the process of installing the magnetometers. They had two up and running with more to be installed. There were random checks unless someone looked like a cop. Then, they singled them out for a more thorough check. A conversation with a guard revealed what they look for and he said cops were the biggest violators of their weapons policy. If you are a local LEO, you can check your weapon at the front desk, but CWP holders are not welcome. They have armed guards in the park, but remember- they are there to protect the park's interests, not yours. If you get robbed in the parking lot, tough. And btw-Anyone with an untucked Columbia shirt is a marked man.
 

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Forget about any weapons at any Disney properties. They now have magnetometers at all entrances and treat all guests as suspicious characters. If you are found to have a weapon in any of the resorts, you may find yourself being banned for life. At the park gate, they will escort you to your car and invite you to leave and return another day without your weapon. My wife and I visited the Magic Kingdom in May 2017 and at that time, they were in the process of installing the magnetometers. They had two up and running with more to be installed. There were random checks unless someone looked like a cop. Then, they singled them out for a more thorough check. A conversation with a guard revealed what they look for and he said cops were the biggest violators of their weapons policy. If you are a local LEO, you can check your weapon at the front desk, but CWP holders are not welcome. They have armed guards in the park, but remember- they are there to protect the park's interests, not yours. If you get robbed in the parking lot, tough. And btw-Anyone with an untucked Columbia shirt is a marked man.
I will definitely be carrying while at the resort. I will be carrying an appropriately sized gun concealed, so unless they have metal detectors at the hotel, it shouldn't be an issue. From what I understand, it is legal regardless.

I am a DVC owner, so it would be interesting to see how a "ban for life" would work. Worst case, I would just pull the trigger on reselling my ownership interest, which I have been considering anyways since the kids are getting older and will soon be more interested in trips to places other than Disney.
 

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Follow-up

Just a quick follow-up on the Disney parks for anyone who is interested.

Animal Kingdom = Went through the "no bags" line. Nobody asked me to go to a metal detector, and I breezed right through to the park.

Epcot = I had a backpack, so went through the bag check, but was not asked to go through the metal detectors.

Hollywood Studios = Same as Epcot.

Magic Kingdom = Rode the monorail from the Grand Floridian resort. Bag check and everyone had to go through a metal detector before boarding the monorail.

The metal detectors were pretty sensitive (my daughter's metal framed sunglasses set them off).

The bag checks were a joke. Just a cursory glance inside each compartment. If you had any hidden compartments or were just clever about packing, then it would be simply to bring a small gun or knife in.
 

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Forget about any weapons at any Disney properties. They now have magnetometers at all entrances and treat all guests as suspicious characters.
Is this true at the hotels and other areas as well? I understand they have security screening at the entrance to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. But we will likely be staying on property and also walking / taking tram around the resort. Are the magnetometers only at entrances to the theme parks? Or do they exist elsewhere on the resort (e.g. at hotels, buses, trams, downtown Disney)?
 

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SD, as Brian said, the biggest issue is that you must comply if asked to leave the premises after your firearm is noticed. That being the case, and since Disney does try to keep firearms out, you might want to consider whether carrying there is worth the possibility of having your day interrupted.
Day screwed up and the loss of a HUGE amount of admission money.
 

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I hope a nesting bird did not attack you and cause brain damage, they seem pretty violent there!!

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If your staying anywhere on mouse property you can be stopped for carrying. Their rules extend to all of their property. Some areas have detectors some don't. Expect a friendly LE encounter if you get made.
 

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I spent a week there a year ago at the Contemporary hotel. I was searched every time I walked into each park. I had cargo shorts on and had to empty my pockets each time. The safe in the hotel room was large enough for my Glock 26.
 

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I spent a week there a year ago at the Contemporary hotel. I was searched every time I walked into each park. I had cargo shorts on and had to empty my pockets each time. The safe in the hotel room was large enough for my Glock 26.
Good luck using hotel “safes”. Might be better to store in a locked car. At least then you control the access. But maybe not always possible if you don’t have a vehicle there.

YMMV
 
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