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Woman charged with taking gun to court

Posted February 18, 2009 10:49 a.m. EST
Updated February 18, 2009 10:59 a.m. EST

— 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.