Walt Disney World Exempted From Gun Law

The Florida attorney general's office announced Friday that Walt Disney World Co. is exempt from a new law that allows employees to keep guns locked in their vehicles.

Because Walt Disney World Co. imports fireworks, the company claims an exemption for businesses that have secured a permit to import, manufacture or deal in "explosive materials." The attorney general's office said it was satisfied that Disney is complying after it altered its policy slightly to say that employees with proper permits could bring their weapons to some nonresort areas owned by the company.

The fact that Disney, which has long had a no-guns policy, claimed an exemption has prompted debate among Florida businesses over how to implement a new law allowing employees to keep guns locked in their cars. The law went into effect July 1.

The attorney general's office is in discussions with three other companies that also claimed to be exempt, including NBC Universal's Universal Studios in Orlando, which has claimed an exemption for schools owing to its work-study program.


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