Deputies: Pinellas lawyer arrested for carrying loaded gun without permit into courthouse

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A local attorney was on the way to his own debarment hearing when he was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit in the Pinellas County Courthouse Thursday afternoon.

James Franklin Lowy was entering the courthouse for the 9:30 a.m. debarment hearing when a deputy at the courthouse noticed a gun in the lawyer’s backpack.

According to PCSO, Lowy was going through the security screening area near the entrance of the courthouse when he put his backpack onto a tray to be checked by the X-ray machine. PCSO staff identified the outline of a handgun and a magazine containing ammunition in Lowy’s backpack while it was going through the machine.

Deputies found a loaded Ruger .45 caliber handgun containing a fully loaded magazine with one bullet in the chamber. A second fully loaded magazine was found inside the same backpack.

Lowy admitted to the deputies that the gun was his.

He does not have a concealed carry permit.

He was booked into the Pinellas County jail.

According to Tampa Bay Business Journal, Lowy was one of the 26 attorneys disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court in 2015. According to a petition for emergency suspension order, he “appeared to be causing public harm.”

His bail is set at $10,000 on this felony charge. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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