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ASHEBORO, NC (AP) — A ban on cell phones is in effect at a North Carolina courthouse after deputies confiscated about two dozen look-alike stun guns.

WGHP-TV reports that the Randolph County Sheriff’s department started the cell phone ban this week after collecting the fake-phone stun guns over a five-month period at the courthouse in Asheboro.

Sheriff Maynard Reid says the stun guns pack a powerful burst of voltage that could disable someone. Reid also doesn’t like the cameras and computing power packed into modern cell phones being available to courthouse visitors. The sheriff says someone could take photos of undercover officers and post them on the Internet.

Reid says entrance security checks also have caught people trying to carry knives and screwdrivers into the courthouse.

Information from: WGHP-TV

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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