Charges dropped against priest who allegedly pointed AK-47 at daughter over her grades

Categories: Crime, Guns
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Bartashevitch is a man of God and guns.
Yesterday, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office announced it won't prosecute Kirill Bartashevitch, a 53-year-old St. Paul man who was hit with two felony terroristic threats charges for allegedly pointing an AK-47 at his daughter and threatening his wife during an argument about the girl's grades.

We wrote about the incident in January 2013, before we had any idea Bartashevitch is "a highly respected Russian Orthodox priest," as a Pioneer Press report describes him.

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Gun permit holders can legally carry rifles in Minnesota Target stores

Categories: Guns, Target
This is a-ok in Minnesota.
In recent days, a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has been slamming Target for its in-store gun policy. (The group also sounded the alarm yesterday after news broke about a loaded gun being found in an unwrapped toy box in the toy aisle at a South Carolina Target.)

Target's policy, essentially, is not to have one. No guns or ammunition are sold in stores, but as far as carrying firearms is concerned, the company's policy is to simply follow the pertinent state and federal laws. As a private company, Target could choose to ban firearms in stores, but for whatever reason company higher-ups have elected not to take that step.

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Keith Ellison tells Maher he wishes Democrats would come out against Second Amendment [VIDEO]

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Ellison: "If you want to have grandpa's shotgun, have it, but get rid of those crazy military-style assault weapons."
During an appearance on Bill Maher's HBO show over the weekend, Keith Ellison said he wishes Democrats would come out against the Second Amendment.

Gun permits issued in Minnesota doubled last year

"Why doesn't your party come out against the Second Amendment? It's a problem," Maher asks, to which Ellison replies, "I sure wish they would. I sure wish they would."

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Gun permits issued in Minnesota doubled last year

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On December 14, 2012, the Newtown massacre happened. In its wake, President Obama talked tough about gun control, and local gun shops reported a "feeding frenzy" for firearms.

SEE ALSO: More Minnesotans were killed in fist fights than by rifles in 2011

So perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that numbers released today by the Department of Public Safety show the number of carry permits issued in Minnesota last year basically doubled from 2012.

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Minnesota cops sue NFL over gun ban at games

Categories: Guns, Law, Vikings
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The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association and Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis is suing the NFL over a league policy that bars off-duty cops from bringing firearms to games.

RELATED: Mpls officers want off-duty cops to be able to carry guns at Vikings games

Dennis Flaherty, executive director of the Peace Officers Association, told us the NFL policy, which went into effect last season, violates the Minnesota Citizens Personal Protection Act of 2003.

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MNGOP leader Kurt Daudt's truck purchase ended with Daudt's gun being pulled on seller [UPDATE]

Daudt: "[A]ccording to all accounts I was trying to diffuse the situation."
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A friend of MNGOP House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt's faces multiple felony charges for pulling Daudt's gun on a Montana man who was selling the representative a used 1966 Ford Bronco.

SEE ALSO: MNGOP leader Kurt Daudt suggests today's freezing temps mean global warming is a myth

Daudt himself wasn't charged in connection with the September 7 incident, though the criminal complaint says the representative from Crown was placed "under arrest."

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Gun-toting hero breaks up violent northeast Minneapolis armed robbery

Around 9:30 last night, Matt Dosser was out for a walk when he came across two roughly 18-year-old-looking guys pounding violently on the door of the University Market on the 300 block of 37th Avenue Northeast.

SEE ALSO: Twin Cities Gun Owners cancel "Open Streets -- Open Carry" events

Dosser, a 41-year-old carry permit holder, told the Star Tribune that he saw one of the two carrying a gun, so he unholstered his own firearm.

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Petition against Minnesotan lion huntress racks up more than 173k signatures [PHOTOS]

The photo that launched tens of thousands of outraged e-signatures.
Melissa Bachman (no relation to that other M. Bachmann) is just a Minnesota girl. She grew up hunting foxes, ducks, and deer with her family in Paynesville, and after graduating from St. Cloud State University in 2006, she writes on her website, she "dreamed of a way to hunt for a living."

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- Should wolf hunting be banned -- again -- in Minnesota?

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Sandstone man, 75, used gun to fend off drug-seeking burglars, authorities say

Categories: Crime, Guns
Both Gypsy Watts (pictured) and his alleged teen accomplice have criminal records.
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A 16-year-old boy from Markville, Minnesota, faces first-degree burglary charges in connection with a home invasion that culminated in the death of his gun-toting accomplice.

SEE ALSO: Byron Smith murder case: Was he under threat of great harm when he shot teenagers?

Authorities say the boy and Gypsy Watts, 23, broke into 75-year-old Charles Carlson's Sandstone house around 2 a.m. last Thursday in search of prescription drugs and whatever else they could get their hands on. But the attempted burglary ended in Watts's death after the cancer-stricken Carlson broke out a gun of his own.

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Mpls officers want off-duty cops to be able to carry guns at Vikings games

Categories: Guns, Police
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Minneapolis Police Federation officials aren't fans of a new NFL policy banning off-duty cops from carrying guns into stadiums.

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Officers argue they should be able to pack heat in NFL stadiums because -- God forbid -- if there was some sort of shooting at a game, they might be able to use their firearms to take out the gunman and save lives. But NFL officials say games are already staffed with sufficient security and they want to limit the number of guns inside stadiums on game days.

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