Handgun Found In Purse At Courthouse Entrance

Adam Homan isn’t in medicine but he reads x-rays every work day. Friday the Douglas County Courthouse Entrance Security Officer diagnosed danger in a purse.

Homan says, “If it would have come through a different angle it might have been more difficult to spot. But you can see it looks just like a handgun."

A 25 caliber handgun with a bullet in the chamber and five rounds in the magazine.

A 62 year old woman owns the gun and went to the courthouse to seek a protection order.
That’s why she asked her name not be used. She says, “I just forgot that it was in my purse.”

City Prosecutor Marty Conboy says that’s not an excuse and the woman will face misdemeanor charges. Conboy says, “Carrying a handgun around, especially in an environment like this is never acceptable.”

The woman says the loaded gun in her purse is also for protection because she manages a store and carries money.

The gun owner says the gun is registered but the card was in a purse stolen months ago.

She does not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon which requires a safety training course. The gun owner says, “I’ve never had to shoot at nobody.” But when asked if she had any safety training she replied, “No, but I’d like to do that.”

The Douglas County Sheriff's Courthouse Security Team will keep the gun in evidence. Though unintentional, carrying the gun in a purse through a Douglas County Courthouse entrance could bring a maximum 18 months in jail.

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