Bullet Lodged in Shopping Cart Wheel Goes Off in Winona Walmart

Categories: Guns

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Jingly Jon via Flickr
So this is possible, apparently?
A shopper in the grocery section of the Winona Walmart was struggling with the back wheel of their shopping cart on a Saturday morning a few weeks back.

Like any lazy shopper, this person continued to press and push on the cart to try to force free whatever was locking up the wheel. Suddenly, there was a loud pop! and several employees and shoppers rushed over to see what the heck just happened.

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Gun Owners Planning Big Rally at the Capitol Today

Categories: Guns

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Fibonacci Blue via Flickr
Sane, reasonable Second Amendment supporters rally in St. Cloud in 2013
Today at noon gun lovers from across the state are gathering on the steps of the Capitol to rally for increased Second Amendment rights.

It's part of Minnesota Gun Owners Lobby Day (#MNGOLD). So if you're around the Capitol this afternoon and see a bunch of people wearing maroon t-shirts, that's what's going on.

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North Dakota Considers Giving Guns to Teachers

Categories: Education, Guns

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Photo by Seattle Municipal Archives

North Dakota's Rep. Dwight Kiefert (R-Valley City) has a simple solution to the chilling, often unpredictable threat of school shootings: give guns to teachers and let them prowl the halls like vigilantes in sweater vests.

The teachers themselves aren't so convinced that HB 1195, which proposes letting schools train anyone with a concealed carry permit to use deadly force in the classroom, wouldn't rub students the completely wrong way.

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Matrix Lee Faces Felonies for Shooting at Como Lake Purse Thief

Categories: Crime, Guns
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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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Aaron Klemz on Twitter
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

Categories: Guns

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MikeFett

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
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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

Categories: Guns, Police
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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

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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
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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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