July 9, 2008

Disney World Claims Exemption from New Florida Law

Disney World claims that it's exempt from a new state law that allows workers to bring handguns to work.

Disney says by banning the guns, it's looking out for the safety of its workers and guests.

The NRA quotes a memo from Shannon McAleavey, Disney’s senior vice president of public affairs, which tells the firm’s managers that “On July 1, a new Florida law will go into effect that will allow employees with a conceal-and-carry permit to have a weapon in their vehicle at their place of employment.

Shannon McAleavey, Disney’s senior vice president of public affairs, wrote, “On July 1, a new Florida law will go into effect that will allow employees with a conceal-and-carry permit to have a weapon in their vehicle at their place of employment. This law does not apply to Walt Disney World Co. owned and leased properties due to an exemption."

“This law does not apply to Walt Disney World Co. owned and leased properties due to an exemption. This includes all theme parks, resorts, theme park and resort parking lots, Cast Member parking lots, administrative offices across the Walt Disney World Resort, Downtown Disney, Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, hotels on Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Celebration and the Disney Reservation Centers (Orlando and Tampa).”

The memo continued, “Cast Members will continue to be prohibited from removing a weapon from their vehicle while at work. All Cast Members must comply with the gun policies in effect at the location they are visiting, regardless of where they work. For example, Disney's Vero Beach Cast Members must comply with the gun policies at a Walt Disney World Co. theme park when visiting that location.”

“Possession of dangerous or unauthorized materials such as explosives, firearms, ammunition, weapons or other similar items on Walt Disney World Co. owned or leased property is grounds for termination (as outlined in the Employee Policy Manual).”

“A lawsuit filed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida Retail Federation to repeal the law is under review, and we are hopeful it will be overturned by mid-July. We support the ongoing efforts of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation to challenge the legislation”.

Comments (16)

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Posted by: TARAS Y | July 14, 2008 5:00 PM    Report this comment

Is Disney going to give everybody an Airport search before letting them in? Take your shoes off people, spread your legs and bend over. Idiots are loose once again. Mel

Posted by: Melvin M | July 13, 2008 4:59 PM    Report this comment

Is Disney going to give everybody an Airport search before letting them in? Take your shoes off people, spread your legs and bend over. Idiots are loose once again. Mel

Posted by: Melvin M | July 13, 2008 4:59 PM    Report this comment

The state of Florida should fine them each day until they decide to follow the guidelines of the law. They're no different than anyone else!

Posted by: Gibson | July 10, 2008 11:24 PM    Report this comment

Boycott disney! hurt them where it counts.

Posted by: Techstarman | July 10, 2008 11:15 PM    Report this comment

I think Marion Hammer should invite Shannon McAleavey to testify before the Florida Senate about the contents of the memo sent to Disney employees or face contempt charges.

Posted by: BP | July 10, 2008 10:05 PM    Report this comment

As the battles are fought in court and the rulings are determined as final, I feel also you will have to sue your employer if they take this ludicrous mind set. I am for one not made of money, and would expect the Florida government to levy stiff fines or close their facility until they acquiesce and follow the law.

Posted by: terry l | July 10, 2008 6:45 PM    Report this comment

I think if ALL-OF US tell Disney,If that is their attitude we will quit using their facility and do it. Maybe that would help change their thinking, But I doubt it.

Posted by: Jayr | July 10, 2008 3:14 PM    Report this comment

Disney (parent company of ABC) feels that they are above the law! They care not a whit for the Constitution nor the rights guaranteed by that esteemed document delineates. Individuals who are injured by violence because they were not able to defend themselves, then trying to sue Disney come up against a formidable foe with legions of legal representation and billions to back them. Who can overcome such odds? Only appealing to the State of Florida and the elected representatives of the people will be able to bring Disney to heal. Work hard on this and do it NOW!!

Posted by: JPKirkpatrick | July 10, 2008 2:56 PM    Report this comment

Disney (parent company of ABC) feels that they are above the law! They care not a whit for the Constitution nor the rights guaranteed by that esteemed document delineates. Individuals who are injured by violence because they were not able to defend themselves, then trying to sue Disney come up against a formidable foe with legions of legal representation and billions to back them. Who can overcome such odds? Only appealing to the State of Florida and the elected representatives of the people will be able to bring Disney to heal. Work hard on this and do it NOW!!

Posted by: JPKirkpatrick | July 10, 2008 2:54 PM    Report this comment

I think that the employees should present their bosses with a form to sign that guarantees that they will not be attacked either at work, in the Disney parking lot, or en route to and from their homes, and that Disney takes full responsibility AND liability for any such even should it occur. Let's just see how confident they really are of their "safetly" plan.

Posted by: Sourdough | July 10, 2008 2:53 PM    Report this comment

What needs to happen is for someone to sue Disney when a crime is commited against them and they were deprived of the right to defend themselves. Fight fire with fire against the anti-gunners with the court system.

Posted by: Robert J | July 10, 2008 2:40 PM    Report this comment

Nothing changes a gun-grabber's mind. He/she will continue to ram his/her head into this proverbial wall known as the 2nd amendment for a lifetime...it's in their DNA.
It makes no difference to them, because as disarmament is the only world view they possess.>>>>>>>>>>>>TG

Posted by: terry g | July 10, 2008 2:29 PM    Report this comment

The old "Floodgates Theory" (well known in legal circles: If Disney thinks they are above Florida law, who or what group will be next to use the same "saftey of employees and/or customers, pets, innocent drug dealers, etc.,etc.....

Posted by: P. Revere | July 10, 2008 2:28 PM    Report this comment

What is the exemption that's mentioned?

"The memo continued, “Cast Members will continue to be prohibited from removing a weapon from their vehicle while at work."

I thought the law is that you could have it in your vehicle, not that you could remove it.

Rick

Posted by: GARY S | July 10, 2008 2:26 PM    Report this comment

What would we expect from Disney?

Some of these folks need to be sued for restricting the rights of their employees, if/when somthing violent happens to them because their rights were restricted by Disney. A few of those law suits will change those people's minds perhaps.

Posted by: STEVE H | July 10, 2008 1:53 PM    Report this comment

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