DETROIT (WWJ) –  Bond has been set at $50,000/10 percent for a California woman who allegedly tried to carry a pistol into Detroit City Hall.

Police said 54-year-old Elmira Sutton, of Pittsburg, California, along with a male companion, attempted to go through security inside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center Tuesday morning with the weapon.

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Sutton reportedly said they were on their way to a City Council meeting.  Both were taken into custody after the man reportedly said the gun belonged to him.

Sutton stood mute on Thursday as magistrate Renee McDuffy entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf to one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

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Calling the charge “a very serious matter,” McDuffy said it is alleged that Sutton knew she had the gun in her purse and she does not have a concealed weapons license.

A source said Sutton has no previous criminal record.

The incident prompted a discussion among council members concerning their security. (More on this here).

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Sutton’s companion was not expected to face charges.