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Gun Issues Shut Down Fla. Courthouse Checkpoint Twice in One Morning

Gun incidents shut down a Florida courthouse checkpoint twice in one morning today as Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies responded.

In the first, which occurred at about 7:50 a.m., screeners at the county courthouse spotted a loaded Kel-Tec .32-caliber pistol in a backpack, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Michael Joseph Cardoso, 40, was cooperative and told authorities he had a concealed weapons permit and had forgotten about the gun, the newspaper says. It was confiscated, and he was given a notice to appear on a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed firearm in a place of nuisance.

About an hour and a half later, the checkpoint was shut down again when another firearm came through. This was a toy replica, and its unidentified owner said he, too, had forgotten about it. He was allowed to proceed into the courthouse and was not charged.

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