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Woman charged with taking gun to court

Posted February 18, 2009

— Deputies on Wednesday charged a Fayetteville woman with carrying a concealed weapon into the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Tara Suzanne Capone, 30, of 318 Bitteroot Court, was detained at a security checkpoint at the courthouse entrance after an X-ray revealed a handgun in her handbag, authorities said.

Capone, also known as Tara Bacon, told deputies she forgot the gun was in her purse and claimed to have found it near a local mobile home park. She said she decided to keep it for protection because she is a convenience store clerk, authorities said.

Deputies also seized 20 rounds of .22-caliber short ammunition from the purse, authorities said.


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  • sunshine1224 Feb 20, 2009

    duh,,,how dumb can u be? since when do ppl throw guns out with extra ammo too? sounds fishy to me.. of all places,,the court house where u know they check u n and out..wasnt a smart move on her part. i hope that gun wasnt used in any robbery or to kill sumone cos its all on her. ppl just dont think now a days.

  • caroline422 Feb 18, 2009

    If I forget i'm carrying it in my purse, I think I'd remember when I'd put it on the conveyer belt to go in the xray machine. DUH!

    And what made her think telling them she found it would be a good idea? Was the ammo with it when she found it?

    Even if she would have had a permit, she couldn't have carried it into the courthouse. So eitherway, she was in the wrong.

  • Smorgas_Of_Borg Feb 18, 2009

    "get a permit"???

    Show me WHERE in the Holy Second Amendment it says I have to have a PERMIT to carry a gun in the United States of God Bless America!

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Feb 18, 2009

    Smorgas_Of_Borg, real funny :-)

    May be next time the lady should get a concealed handgun permit. At least she would have the handgun training that she can ignore.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Feb 18, 2009

    "Deputies also seized 20 rounds of .22-caliber short ammunition from the purse, authorities said."

    20 rounds in addition to the rounds in the handgun? To me, having that many extra rounds is not for "protection" as she stated. It is for a siege...

  • Smorgas_Of_Borg Feb 18, 2009

    They TOOK her gun?? I'm calling the NRA!

    Obviously, these people have never heard of the Holy Second Amendment!

    This is America! Not communist China!

    (or something like that)

  • spentrounds-full auto Feb 18, 2009

    So what's her name: Capone or Bacon? Probably should be fried bacon now. How convenient, find a pistol and extra ammo to go with it.

  • NCSULandscaper Feb 18, 2009

    a .22 cal handgun using short round ammunition is usually so small, it really could be forgotten. But that wouldnt be news worthy so why even bother to find out it was a tiny gun when writing the story

  • gr Feb 18, 2009

    I suppose she "found" the ammo too

  • diver Feb 18, 2009

    found it....SURE!!!