A mom from Georgia who was recently arrested for carrying a firearm to Disney World says the incident was actually her son’s fault, according to reports.
Marcia Shantel Temple, 27, was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm at the family-friendly theme park on October 8th, according to the New York Post. An employee performing temperature checks at Magic Kingdom saw Temple drop a pink purse behind a planter and alerted Disney authorities, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office says. (RELATED: Florida Man Takes His AR-15 To Disney)
A deputy on the scene said that “upon opening the purse, I recognized the butt of a firearm, readily accessible once opened,” per the Post. The gun was discovered to have 10 rounds inside, including one in the chamber, WTSP Tampa reports.
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When asked by police why she brought her loaded firearm to the Magic Kingdom, Temple didn’t give a direct answer but blamed her 6-year-old son for hiding it behind the planter, according to WTSP. “I had told my son to hold it for me and stand right here while I go get my brother. He put it down and messed with the plants and I put them back, but I didn’t know he put it down and I didn’t know he left it over here,” Temple allegedly said.
The mom from Lithonia, Georgia did not have a license to concealed carry in either Georgia or Florida, reports the Post. She has been permanently banned from returning to all Walt Disney World Properties, per the Post.