DETROIT (WWJ) – A 24-year-old Detroit woman is facing gun charges after sheriff’s officials say she tried to sneak a loaded pistol into the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit Thursday morning.

Wayne County Sheriff’s spokesperson Paula Bridges says the woman was caught at the checkpoint with the unregistered pistol in her purse, as she entered the court for a hearing on charges of breaking into a home and assault.

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“It’s hard to imagine that someone would think that it’s OK to take a loaded weapon into a court,” Bridges said. “She was on her way into court on another serious matter, and her attorney and her mother were with her at the time, so this was a situation where they didn’t even realize that she was armed.”

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“We’re just thankful that nothing occurred, no one was hurt, with regard to her having this unregistered weapon,” Bridges said.

Bridges said the woman had apparently applied for a permit for the pistol, but was denied.

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Bridges said she anticipates the woman will be arraigned later this week at which time her name will be released.