Fox 9 led last night's 10 o'clock newscast with a real head-scratcher of a story [VIDEO]

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Sean Blakley is a proud gun owner, but maybe he should consider pawning some so he can pay his rent.
"Gun-owning tenant accuses landlord of ouster over firearms," the headline reads, promising a piece about the murky legalities of packing heat as a renter in our firearm-crazed society.

In fact, the story was deemed to be so hot, it actually led last night's Fox 9 10 o'clock news.

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"A metro man says he has to pack up and move, all because he's packing heat," Fox's Tom Lyden said as he introduced the story at the top of the newscast. "The tenant telling us he's being forced to find a new place to live all because he's a legal gun owner."

Sounds like an interesting issue, and maybe it is. But in this case, there are a couple other factors at work that are probably more pertinent to St. Louis Park resident Sean Blakley's rental plight than his status as a heat-packer.

For one, his month-to-month lease is up. And two, he's behind on his rent.

"It's clear this landlord-and-tenant relationship went somewhat sour before any discussions about guns even started," Fox reporter Leah Beno acknowledged at the end of her TV report.

Beno added another tenant renting from the same landlord "has a gun and for whatever reason the landlord does not have a problem with that."

Here's our hypothesis -- heat-packing tenant B has probably been paying his rent while refraining from feeding overcooked hit pieces to the local media.

If you're curious to watch for yourself, here's video of the report:

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MNmen
MNmen

Maybe this proud gun owner should quit renting and buy a property instead and quit his cryin' like a lil beeyotch that he is, afterall he's behind on his rent on a month to month contract, LOL. Get owned.
Ps-I am both gun owner and landlord.

CriticalThinker
CriticalThinker

Lyden must have no conscience. If he wants to pretend he does, then my question is "Who combs his hair?" Because there's no way he can look at himself in the mirror if he has any conscience at all.

Marc Spencer
Marc Spencer

from the story__ "It's clear this landlord-and-tenant relationship went somewhat sour before any discussions about guns even started," Fox reporter Leah Beno acknowledged at the end of her TV report. still a douchebag

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

Here is the thing - he doesn't have a right to renew his lease.  You have to question the responsibility of someone who doesn't pay his rent AND records the landlord without his consent, which is illegal in Minnesota.  That argues that this tenant is not particularly law abiding, and the landlord obviously is concerned that he is also not a safe gun handler/owner.

I think the landlord has every right to insist on a gun being secured to his satisfaction for the safety of everyone - including the gun owner.

Shame on Fox news for misrepresenting a story this way.  Just because there is a difference of opinion on this does not mean that this is the reason, or the primary reason, for not renewing a lease.

One more example of gun owners forcing their guns on people who don't want to be around them, or who don't find the gun owners as trustworthy and law abiding or safe as they should be.

Eric Lee Vincent
Eric Lee Vincent

I guess that's what you get for having a month to month lease. find a new place dude. preferably one that doesn't have any gun restrictions on the lease and you're golden. end of fucking story. typical fox news non story fluff.

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

So Marc, this guy is as much as a douchebag as all those home owners who where evicted for not paying their mortgages? Maybe the beginning of the story is that he was catching flack for being a gun owner and then refused to pay his rent..it's so easy to make judgments of people when you're not there to see it first hand.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

god, his place is shitty as fuck 

look at his god damn couch! HAHAHAHHAAHHA


edit: i guess he rents from his gramps or something, my bad


i like how fox shows you his house and even the excelsior blvd sign hahaha more lolz

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Irresponsible silly jackass feels sorry for himself; plays the victim with a made-up excuse; local right-wing TV station falls for the act, or at least is cynical enough about their audience's intelligence to play along.  Film at 10.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Typical conservative pretending to the be a victim.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

ya well it sounds like he spends all his money on hamburgers and guns and cant pay his rent - fkn idiot

_Joe_
_Joe_

If this were the *real* reason they guy was getting evicted, there wouldn't even be a story.  There is so much tenant law protecting the right to keep a firearm in your rental that this issue wouldn't even see the inside of a courtroom.  It's all smoke and it's making reasonable and responsible gun owners look like fiscally irresponsible reactionary d-bags like this guy.


Marc Spencer
Marc Spencer

what a stupid story..... first, for fox 9 running it AT ALL ---non story, just hype about guns... second, what a douchebag. pay your rent, dont be an asshole. life will be fine

OrangeAppeal
OrangeAppeal

Hard-hitting lead story from the expert journalists at FOX 9 News. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Dog Gone FYI: it is legal and admissible in court to record a conversation in MN if at least one party is aware of the recording.  IE: you can record any conversation you are a part of without notifying the other party.

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

@_Joe_@Dog GoneYou're right - thanks for the correction Joe.  I would still posit that there are ethical questions about such a recording, one of which is what does the rest of the recording show, since we had such a limited sound byte? Clearly this guy is being a bit coy about the status of his rent etc., or that he is not being given a renewal of month to month, which is not the same thing as being evicted for his guns -- he's apparently had them up to now without being evicted.

I think this was just an attempt by the tenant to be pissy, to try to get even with the landlord for exercising his rights.

Funny (not the ha ha kind) how the conservative gun-huggers aren't at all concerned about landlord rights over their property to get paid, but then given how badly the MN GOP treated their landlord by not paying for such a long time, maybe this is standard conservative notions of fiscal responsibility.  After all, the MN GOP still hasn't had a proper audit, so we can only assume from that conservatives believe in misrepresentation and hiding skeletons.

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