It seems a Minnesota state legislator was briefly detained by police for carrying a concealed weapon after parking his truck in a Planned Parenthood lot. The lot's security guard spotted the weapon when the man emerged from his vehicle. The solon assured the police that, while he understood the guard's concern, it was all a misunderstanding.
Hackbarth, R-Cedar, is in his eighth term representing District 48A. He represents Elk River, Oak Grove and East Bethel and is considered a strong advocate of conservation issues and an opponent of abortion rights.
He said Tuesday that he is not familiar with the Highland Park area and didn't know he was at Planned Parenthood when he pulled into the empty lot so that he could look for a woman he had met online.
But wait, it gets creepier.
Hackbarth said he had coffee with the woman on Nov. 15, and asked her to dinner the next night but she told him she couldn't because of a commitment she had with a female friend in Highland Park. Hackbarth said he felt that she might have been seeing a man instead, so he parked his car and walked around the block looking for her car. (The security guard spotted Hackbarth's gun when he got out of his car and put on a winter coat.) ...
"I was not a jealous boyfriend," said Hackbarth, who is in the process of divorcing his wife of 25 years. "I was just trying to check up on her. It's totally a misunderstanding."
That explanation apparently satisfied the police officers called to the scene. They sent him on his way, but only after confiscating his weapon. It turns out that Mr. Hackbarth has a licence to carry a concealed weapon, so no charges were filed and the gun was returned to the legislator the next day.
No harm, no foul.
I have a suspicion that Mr. Hackbarth won't get that second date.
Labels: Second Amendment