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Man Caught with Weapon at Burlco Courthouse: Authorities

The Mount Ephraim man was found with a pistol in his briefcase and a dagger in his car, according to the Burlington County Sheriff's Department.

A Camden County man was arrested Wednesday after he tried to enter the Burlington County Courts facility in Mount Holly with a weapon, authorities said.

John P. Flanagan, 53, of the 200 block of James Street, Mount Ephraim, was attempting to pass through security at the court facility around 8 a.m. when sheriff's officers discovered a single-action pistol—a Chinese-make, .22-caliber, starter blank revolver 8-shot—in a briefcase that was run through the x-ray machine, according to a release from the sheriff's department.

Officers immediately identified the weapon and placed Flanagan under arrest before he went through the checkpoint, the release stated.

"The officers did a wonderful job in quickly recognizing and responding to this situation," said Sheriff Jean Stanfield. "This is exactly the type of situation we are here to prevent and I am very proud of the officers for their continued vigilance."

Flanagan was scheduled to appear in family court the morning of his arrest.

Upon later examination, authorities discovered the weapon may have been modified to shoot projectiles. It has been submitted to the New Jersey State Police Ballistics Unit for further analysis.

A dagger was found during a subsequent search of Flanagan’s vehicle, according to the sheriff's department. 

Flanagan was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (imitation firearm), possession of a prohibited weapon (dagger) and violation of a domestic violence restraining order.

Bail was set at $50,000 by Judge John L. Call. Flanagan was lodged in Burlington County Jail.

Information provided by the Burlington County Sheriff's Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

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