Adam Sandler’s father-in-law is arrested while smuggling a loaded gun into a Florida courthouse

Adam Sandler’s father-in-law is arrested while smuggling a loaded gun in his briefcase into a Florida courthouse

  • Adam Sandler’s father-in-law was arrested in Florida after he smuggled a loaded gun in his briefcase into the Broward courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale
  • Joseph Titone claimed the whole incident was nothing more than an accident
  • Titone was taken into custody after a courthouse security check at the Broward Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale warned them of a gun in Titone’s briefcase
  • The 75-year-old is the father of Jackie Sandler and father-in-law of comic book actor Adam Sandler. The two married in 2003 and have two children together
  • “I forgot he was there,” he said of the loaded Colt .38 Special revolver
  • This isn’t Titone’s first time in trouble as Adam Sandler’s father-in-law was charged with fraud in 2019 for allegedly defrauding an investor
  • Titone was also barred from exercising the client double billing law in 1992


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Adam Sandler’s father-in-law was arrested in Florida after he smuggled a loaded gun in his briefcase into the Broward Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale, but he claims the entire incident was nothing more than an accident.

On Thursday, Broward County attorney and former member of the Florida House of Representatives Joseph Titone was taken into police custody after a courthouse security check alert alerted authorities to a Colt .38 Special revolver in Titone’s briefcase, courthouse news and gossip site Justice Advocacy Association of Broward was the first to report.

The 75-year-old is the father of Jackie Sandler and father-in-law of comic book actor Adam Sandler. The couple married in 2003 and have two children together.

However, Titone insists the incident was the result of a harmless mistake, telling the outlet that the gun’s presence was the result of failed plans to go to a nearby firing range.

Joseph Titone (pictured) was taken into police custody on Thursday after a courthouse security checkpoint alerted authorities to a special Colt .38 revolver in Titone's briefcase

Joseph Titone (pictured) was taken into police custody on Thursday after a courthouse security checkpoint alerted authorities to a special Colt .38 revolver in Titone’s briefcase

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (left) and Titone (right) pictured together

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (left) and Titone (right) pictured together

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (left) and Titone (right) pictured together

Pictured: Jackie Sandler and Adam Sandler attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.  Jackie is the daughter of Joseph Titone

Pictured: Jackie Sandler and Adam Sandler attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.  Jackie is the daughter of Joseph Titone

Pictured: Jackie Sandler and Adam Sandler attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Jackie is the daughter of Joseph Titone

“It was an accident,” Titone said. “Apparently I put this gun in my briefcase at one point, intending to take it to the firing range, but that never happened.”

“I forgot it was there.”

Sandler’s father-in-law’s revolver was fully loaded with six bullets at the time of his arrest, with Titone claiming it had likely been in the briefcase since before the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.

According to the police report, Titone was charged with carrying a concealed firearm without a license, which is a third-degree felony.

While he claims he hasn’t been officially charged yet, Titone believes the problem won’t go away anytime soon.

“I will probably have to go to court to explain it, and I will,” he said.

“This was an honest mistake.”

The decision to file a formal criminal case against him is now in the hands of the Broward State Attorney’s Office.

The 75-year-old was caught smuggling a loaded gun into the Broward courthouse (pictured) in downtown Fort Lauderdale in his briefcase

The 75-year-old was caught smuggling a loaded handgun into the Broward courthouse (pictured) in downtown Fort Lauderdale in his briefcase

The 75-year-old was caught smuggling a loaded gun into the Broward courthouse (pictured) in downtown Fort Lauderdale in his briefcase

Sandler married Titone's daughter in 2003.  They have two children together

Sandler married Titone's daughter in 2003.  They have two children together

Sandler married Titone’s daughter in 2003. They have two children together

This isn’t the first time Titone has been in trouble, as Adam Sandler’s father-in-law was charged with fraud in 2019 for allegedly defrauding an investor.

Titone was also barred from exercising the client’s double billing law in 1992, according to Miami Herald.

In that case, Titone ultimately pleaded guilty to perjury and unlawful damages and was sentenced to one year’s probation with four years’ probation. Sun Sentinal reports.

As a result of that case, he was banned from practicing as a lawyer for five years and was eventually reinstated to the Florida Bar, where he had been a member since 1975.

Between 1982 and 1988, Titone served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives.

Sandler is best known for his time in ‘Saturday Night Live’ in the 1990s, as well as films ‘Happy Gilmore’ and ‘Billy Madison’.

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