Matrix Lee Faces Felonies for Shooting at Como Lake Purse Thief

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Matrix Lee
Matrix Lee has been charged with two felonies -- Dangerous Discharge of Firearm and Reckless Discharge of Firearm -- for firing his .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun at a woman who stole his fiancee's purse at St. Paul's Como Lake.

According to the charges, Lee, 50, and his fiance were sitting on a bench near Black Bear Crossings on the lake watching ducks on Monday when he noticed a woman exit his Toyota 4Runner carrying his fiancee's purse. The door of the vehicle was unlocked.

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Rick Nolan Criticized for Carelessly Toting AR-15 [PHOTO]

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Nolan's got his finger on the trigger -- literally.
During his reelection campaign, Congressman Rick Nolan has sought to establish he's cool with guns.

But after the photo at the top of his post hit Twitter yesterday, Nolan was criticized by a gun rights group for trying to be a little too cool.

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Parents of Aurora Shooting Victim Sue the Sportsman's Guide for Selling Ammo

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The deadly 2012 massacre at an Aurora movie theater left 12 dead and 58 more wounded, the gruesome work of a mentally ill man.

But to get justice, one victim's parents aren't going after the shooter. They're suing the South St. Paul outdoors shop the Sportsman's Guide, one of a number of ammunition and weapons dealers whose relaxed rules and lack of safeguards, they say, led to their daughter's death.

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Tracy, MN, a town of 2,100, possesses an armored vehicle for its two full-time cops [UPDATE]

Categories: Guns, Police
Does a Minnesota town with only two full-time cops really need this vehicle?
UPDATE: Another small Minnesota town's police department has come under fire for possessing what some may call excessive military equipment. Royalton possesses a grenade launcher thanks to a free program offered through the U.S. Department of Defense. According to the chief of police, the grenade launcher has languished in a safe for five years.

The images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teen was shot to death August 9, precipitating mass protests, show cops crouching on armored tanks and squinting into sniper scopes. They're dressed head to toe in camouflage as they rush civilians with assault rifles.

For this, we can credit a U.S. Department of Defense program that was created in the early 1990s and gives free military equipment to sheriff's offices, local police departments, and state agencies. It became all the rage of the post-9/11 era and today touches every corner of the United States. Minnesota is no exception.

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Royalton, MN, police department possesses a grenade launcher it does not want or need

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Not in Royalton, Minnesota
Royalton is a small town in central Minnesota, population 1,242. The police department has one full-time officer and two part-timers. Between them you'll find the standard cop gear: guns, vests, uniforms. But also a grenade launcher.

A tad excessive? Adam Gunderson, the chief of police, wouldn't disagree.

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Rep. Ron Erhardt allegedly said, "I'll blow your head off" when contacted by gun rights group

Irony: Erhardt allegedly threatened to shoot a gun rights activist.
Each election cycle, the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance contacts the 280-plus candidates running for the Minnesota House in hopes of surveying them about their views on gun rights.

As you'd probably expect, some candidates choose not to respond to GOCRA's questionnaire. No biggie. But the organization is recommending Rep. Ron Erhardt (D-Edina) receive anger management therapy after he allegedly threatened to kill GOCRA President Andrew Rothman when he was contacted about the survey.

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Jacob Frey urges crackdown on guns after Soundbar shooting that injured Vikings player

Categories: Guns, Minneapolis
New Viking Joseph (top right) was grazed by a bullet in the leg and isn't expected to miss significant time.
Just before bar close Saturday morning, shots rang out at the 400 Soundbar in downtown Minneapolis. Nine people were injured, including Linval Joseph, a defensive lineman the Vikings signed to a five-year, $31.5 million contract during the offseason. All are expected to survive.

Police say they believe the shooter was targeting a specific person, but no arrests had been made as of yesterday afternoon, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder told us.

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

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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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