Tampa, Florida -- A Tampa Bay Lightning fan was removed from the game after Tampa Police found a gun on him.

27-year-old Lucas Cassidy from St. Petersburg, is facing a second degree misdemeanor charge and was given a notice to appear in court. Police said he had a concealed weapons permit. If he had not had a permit he may have been facing a felony charge.

Cassidy was taken into custody during the game after a witness told police he saw Cassidy drop the gun in the bathroom, then pick it up, and put it back in his pocket.

Lightning spokesperson Bill Wickett said his team is still investigating how the Cassidy got passed security with the gun. He said they will do an internal review with police and he expects to release more information tonight.

Police said these are the places guns are not allowed inside Florida establishments/buildings/events:

The following is a list of places that are off-limits when carrying a concealed weapon in Florida (from usacarry.com):

  • Any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05
  • Any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station
  • Any detention facility, prison, or jail; any courthouse
  • Any courtroom
  • Any polling place
  • Any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district
  • Any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof
  • Any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms
  • Any school administration building
  • Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption
  • Any elementary or secondary school facility
  • Any area technical center
  • Any college or university facility
  • Inside the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal laws


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