The Longmont Times-Call reports Brian Bagley, a criminal defense attorney, is charged with knowingly and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon. He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 25.
Authorities say the .45-caliber Colt Defender was spotted in Bagley's briefcase Aug. 31 after he put it on the courthouse's security conveyor belt. Bagley says he got the weapon for protection at his law office and accidentally left it in the briefcase.
Colorado law allows someone to carry a concealed weapon in their home, car or place of business, but otherwise requires a permit for anyone who isn't a law enforcement officer. Bagley doesn't have a concealed carry permit.
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