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Loaded gun found in purse of woman at courthouse to attend hearing over grandchildren


An Oklahoma woman was arrested Friday on a misdemeanor weapon charge after she tried to bring a loaded handgun into the Cleveland County Courthouse, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies spotted the weapon in the purse of Cynthia Bodnar, 52, as she was undergoing a standard security screening. They said the .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun was loaded with only one bullet, but Bodnar had an additional seven rounds of ammunition, reports the Norman Transcript. She admittedly did not have a concealed carry permit.

Bodnar at first said she didn’t have the weapon, when deputies questioned her about what appeared to be a gun in her purse revealed by the X-ray machine. Then she said her boyfriend had put the weapon there and agreed to let the sheriff’s department keep the gun, the newspaper reports.

She was on her way to a custody hearing, after her grandchildren were taken away the previous night, Bodnar told the officers. She was released Saturday on $5,000 bail.

The Oklahoman also has a story.

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