Readers Beware

Readers Beware

I have to be careful; I own one of these. I didn’t realize I was “armed.” Here’s the story from the Associated Press:

“TAMPA, Fla. — A weight may soon be lifted off a Maryland woman charged with carrying a concealed weapon in an airport.

“It wasn’t a gun or a knife. It was a weighted bookmark.

“Kathryn Harrington was flying home from vacation last month when screeners at the Tampa, Florida, airport found her bookmark. It’s an eight-and-a-half-inch leather strip with small lead weights at each end.

“Airport police said it resembled a weighted weapon that could be used to knock people unconscious. So the 52-year-old special education teacher was handcuffed, put into a police car, and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

“She faced a possible criminal trial and a ten-thousand-dollar fine. But the state declined to prosecute, and the Transportation Security Administration says it probably won’t impose a fine.”