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I am writing this after spending the weekend at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. During our time at Universal Studios, I conceal carried a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield in a Mike’s Holster in the small of my back without any problems. I’m writing this blog post about carrying concealed at Universal Studios because I think its important to carry at all times – even when going to a theme park.
Carrying Concealed in Universal Studios Orlando Tip #1: You have a 2nd Amendment right to carry on private property in Florida. The law is on your side.
Universal Studios has an anti-gun policy.
You have a 2nd Ammendment right to keep and bear arms, and with a concealed carry permit here in Florida, you have the right to carry a concealed firearm in all public places not associated with the government. Here in Florida, you can legally concealed carry anywhere except:
- Government buildings (post offices, court houses, DMV, ect)
- Nuclear plants
- Anywhere that ONLY serves alcohol
That said, Universal Studios here in Orlando has a “no weapons” policy. They don’t want knives, guns, clubs, mace, or any other weapon anywhere in your possession at any time.
Florida law says otherwise.
If you choose to carry a concealed firearm at Universal Studios, you are not breaking any Florida state or federal laws. If they ask you to leave, however, and you do not leave, you are then tresspassing with a firearm which means up to a year in prison and possibly a $5000 fine.
Duh, the idea is CONCEALED carry – not “half ass” concealed carry. Don’t let anyone see or know you are carrying a firearm unless there’s an emergency.
Carrying Concealed in Universal Studios Orlando Tip #2: You SHOULD carry at Universal because its a terrorist’s wet dream.
I was in Universal for two days and I did not see a SINGLE armed security officer or police officer. Carrying a concealed firearm in Universal Studios Orlando could save your life, your family’s lives, or other lives. Its a terrorist’s wet dream.
There has never been an active shooter situation or terrorist attack at Universal Studios in Orlando, but I’m not sure why there hasn’t been. Supposedly there are cops everywhere, but I didn’t see a single one!
I asked a security officer why I didn’t see any cops or security guards with guns or firearms of any sort, and she said;
“Security here is priority. We have 470 security guards on staff who do not carry firearms, however, the undercover police officers who work here are always around. The number of armed undercover police officers far outweigh the number of security staff at all times. You would walk by them and never even know it. They could be just a couple walking into a shop or a person sweeping up trash.”
Is that true?
I have no idea. All I know is that I did not see a single armed police officer or security guard – anywhere.
If I didn’t see an single one, then I’m sure terrorists or nut jobs don’t see them anywhere – and that’s exactly why you NEED to carry a concealed firearm at Universal Studios in Orlando. Be prepared and well trained in the case of an emergency – saving lives is your responsibility.
Carrying Concealed in Universal Studios Orlando Tip #3: There are no metal detectors upon entrance.
When we walked into Universal Studios in Orlando, I was very surprised at how easy it was to carry. Security only looks in your bags, backpacks, and purses – and they don’t even do a very thorough job. All they do is look for big bottles of alcohol.
Security at Universal Studios in Orlando did not search my person in any way, shape, or form.
That said, if you carry concealed on your person, you’ll be fine, but don’t try to carry a firearm in a purse, backpack, or fanny pack. In fact, throw your fanny pack away. You look gay. 🙂
I’ve heard that on Halloween Horror nights they do metal detect people – but I’m not sure if that was true or not.
Carrying Concealed in Universal Studios Orlando Tip #4: For the love of God, do NOT DRINK while carrying!
I hope this goes without saying.
Universal Studios is a fun, family-friendly atmosphere with plenty of activities for the whole family – including the adults. There is more than enough alcohol to go around.
I would hope that when you’re carrying concealed you would not be drinking anyway – drink and guns don’t mix, especially if you are in a situation with that many people around. DO NOT DRINK.
Could you imagine what would happen if you were drinking and some guy at the bar got too rowdy with you? You would both probably be expelled from the park – even if you didn’t do anything wrong – and you could get charged with drinking while carrying a concealed firearm. Remember that the legal limit for drinking while carrying is 0.02%.
Carrying Concealed in Universal Studios Orlando Tip #5: Carry your concealed firearm in a holster that it won’t fall out while you’re upside down.
Do I need to even mention this?
Universal Studios has rides – roller coasters, cinemas, and other rides. Don’t let your gun fall out, or you could be in big trouble (not to mention that none of your friends would ever let you live that down!)
Carrying Concealed in Universal Studios Orlando Tip #6: Leave Universal Studios immediately if you’re asked to leave for any reason.
While the law is on your side, and you can legally carry at Universal Studios in Orlando, if you’re asked to leave and you don’t leave, you’re now trespassing. Trespassing in Florida is a felony – don’t do it.
Carrying Concealed in Universal Studios Orlando Tip #7: HAVE FUN!