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Woman charged with taking gun to court

Tara Suzanne Capone was detained at a security checkpoint at the Cumberland County Courthouse entrance when an X-ray revealed a handgun in her handbag, authorities said.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — 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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