BAY LAKE, Fla. - A Miami lawyer was arrested last Friday afternoon after trying to bring a gun into the Magic Kingdom Park, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
A Walt Disney World security guard was searching bags outside the park when she noticed a bulge in a man’s pants.
Andrew Gerson, 36, joked that the bulge was part of his anatomy, but deputies said it was actually a snub-nosed revolver loaded with five hollow-point bullets.
Gerson walked away and the security guard located a sheriff’s deputy, a Sheriff’s Office report said.
The deputy followed Gerson from a distance, and when he noticed he was being followed, Gerson started to run, according to the report.
That’s when the deputy pointed a gun at Gerson, commanding him to stop.
Gerson then admitted to the deputy that he was armed and dropped to his knees, the report said.
“He did the right thing,” said Orange County Capt. Angelo Nieves. “He offered the commands, and the subject did obey and surrendered to the deputy.”
Investigators said Gerson claimed he had a concealed weapons permit, but officials said the permit expired 10 years ago.
"We immediately engaged law enforcement and the matter was resolved quickly and without incident,” a Walt Disney World representative said. “Our policies are clear, and we have zero tolerance for any violation of them."
Gerson was charged with illegally carrying a concealed weapon and bonded out of jail.
Calls made to Gerson weren’t returned.