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Loaded gun slips past security at Toledo Municipal Court

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A loaded gun slips past a security screening at Toledo Municipal Court. It happened more than a week ago. Now an investigation was launched to see if any charges should be filed.

The sheriff says he doesn't believe the couple was trying to hurt anyone, but they did break the law. They made it all the way to the prosecutors office on the fourth floor before security realized there was gun in the building

A couple with a baby stroller going through security at Toledo municipal court forgot there was a loaded semi automatic handgun in the girlfriends purse.  A sheriff deputy working the X-ray machine never noticed it as the purse glided along the belt. The sheriff says his employee was distracted.  

"The officer was looking at something else that was a situation or an issue and the gun was missed and the two continued through the Toledo Municipal court and went to the prosecutors office," said Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp.

The screener eventually caught the mistake.

"To the officers benefit he was double checking his work and found that a gun was possibly in the building. He did a follow up and found the couple and sure enough the lady had a gun in her purse," said Sheriff Tharp.

There's a sign in front of the courthouse that states no guns allowed in the building. The couple told investigators it slipped their mind. They were then escorted out of the building. The mishap has shocked tax payers.  

"When you seen the sign it should have made you say Oh I got my gun on me. Obviously if they got it in there got it in there they forgot," said tax payer Latone Arnold.  

"No not if there was no intent," said tax payer Taylor Hammer.

"Its very clear you shouldn't bring any weapons into the courtroom and I can't see anybody forgetting they have a gun in their purse," said tax payer Lakeesha Arnold.

The couple could face charges.    

"They lady that brought the weapon into the building she did not have a permit or did she have a permit to carry in the building so there could be some issues there violating the law," said the Sheriff.
     
The boyfriend does have a concealed carry permit...but he could be charged with mishandling a firearm.  

"They indicated that they forgot that they had placed the gun in the purse. I would just encourage folks in the community to safe guard their weapons know where their weapons are at," said Tharp.  

We went to the home of the man who owns the gun, but nobody answered the door.
As for the Sheriff Deputy he could be disciplined for allegedly letting a loaded gun get into the building.

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