Tuesday, May 26, 2009


In my work as a lawyer, I attend hearings at the county courthouse. In Texas, even licensed concealed-carry permit holders are not allowed to bring firearms into a courthouse. Not a problem. I took my gun out of my purse beforehand.

What I did not remember to do was take out the small plastic case containing twelve Gold Dot 9mm jacketed hollow point rounds inside. So when I put my purse through the x-ray scanner, Toni the Security Guard stared wide-eyed at the monitor for a long moment and then asked incredulously, "do you have bullets in your purse???"

The question took me by surprise and as I suddenly remembered that little plastic case, my boss and other attorneys looking on, I said slowly, "yeesssss...." I felt a sense of embarrassment akin to someone loudly pointing out that your fly is open. I started to wonder if I was about to be arrested or the object of some other unnecessary law enforcement overreaction.

Thankfully, all I had to do was leave the offending ammunition in her custody. When I returned to retrieve it on my way out of the courthouse, she told me all about how her dad and her husband each have an extensive collection of firearms.

What an icebreaker...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oops! That must have been a little embarrarssing. Way to go, girl! Love hearing about other women that conceal carry! http://tinyurl.com/dfq82h