Pinellas County deputies arrested an attorney heading to a disbarment hearing Thursday morning after he brought a loaded handgun into the Pinellas County Justice Center in Clearwater.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said James Lowy, 49, entered the main entrance to the justice center about 9 a.m., emptying his belongings into a tray to be checked by the x-ray machine. Deputies identified the outline of a handgun and a magazine containing ammunition in Lowy's backpack.
They then inspected Lowy's backpack and found a loaded Ruger .45 caliber handgun containing a fully loaded magazine with one bullet in the chamber. A second, fully-loaded, magazine was found inside the same backpack.
Lowy, who did not have a concealed weapons permit, was detained and interviewed by deputies. He admitted that the handgun belonged to him, and said he was at the justice center to attend a disbarment hearing.
Lowy was arrested without incident and charged with one count of carrying a concealed firearm.
According to a story from the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times), Lowy was also detained in 2002 while trying to enter the justice center with a marijuana pipe.
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