- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say hundreds of weapons have been confiscated from people entering courthouses in Oakland County in recent years.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says more than 1,200 edged weapons, including throwing stars and a sword concealed in a cane, have been recovered since 2013 by officers at circuit and district courthouse security checkpoints. The Detroit News (https://detne.ws/1puUnuG ) reports more than 170 were confiscated in a 15-day period last month.

Capt. Doug Molinar, who oversees circuit court security, says explanations are “pretty weak.” He says it’s usually that people say they didn’t realize they couldn’t take something into court or forgot they had it.

Molinar says unless the items are illegal and seized, people are usually given the option to take them back to their vehicles or put them in a box to be destroyed.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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