A Disney transportation Cast Member was reportedly fired last month for carrying a concealed weapon at Disney Springs on his day off, which is not allowed according to Disney’s policies for off-duty Cast Members.
The situation has caused the former Cast Member to question whether or not the company violated his Second Amendment rights.
Sam Martinez worked at Disney for five years. He has a valid concealed carry permit and had it with him.
The gun was not out in the open, but apparently, security officers could somehow tell that Martinez was carrying a weapon underneath his shirt.
“I exit a store (and) I’ve got sheriffs around me, I’ve got security around me,” said Martinez. “I was treated pretty much like a criminal.”
“He showed the deputies and security officers his concealed-carry permit and at first, they simply asked him to leave the property. When they realized he was a Disney employee, everything changed.”
“(They said), ‘You can’t have that here, and you can’t be a Disney employee and be carrying. It’s against our policies,’” Martinez said. “Well, I had never been informed of that.”
Martinez was promptly suspended for 19 days and was fired upon his return.
Martinez stated that there were no signs at Disney Springs saying he couldn’t carry his gun and argued that he was legally carrying a weapon on his day off, making him question if Disney had the right to let him go.
“It’s a Second Amendment right for me to carry legally,” Martinez said. “I did everything legally and now it’s almost like I’m being punished for it.”
Martinez has since learned that Cast Members are strictly prohibited from bringing weapons onto Disney property whether it be a theme park, resort hotel, or Disney Springs. He says that if he’d known that ahead of time, he would not have been carrying his gun.