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Courthouse guards find gun in briefcase

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - A forgotten firearm passed through the metal detector at the Hernando County Courthouse on Monday morning.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, the gun belonged to Anthony Chris Ekonomides, a lawyer who had business at the courthouse.

All courthouse visitors are required to pass through a metal detector before entering.

Two customs protection officers saw the gun on the metal detector monitor and called for a deputy.

Ekonomides told law enforcement he put the gun in his briefcase on Friday while his car was being worked on, and forgot to take it out before going to the courthouse Monday morning.

The lawyer has a concealed weapons permit, according to the sheriff's office.

"Deputies felt this was an honest mistake, therefore no charges were filed," a sheriff's office press release stated.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Denise Moloney said Tuesday only law enforcement officers, state attorneys and judges are allowed to carry firearms in the courthouse.

The Florida Bar website shows Ekonomides was admitted in 1994, is in good standing and is based in Tampa.

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