Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Minnesota Court of Appeals decides that having a loaded pistol in the center console of the car is not “carrying a pistol.” The word “carrying” requires a connection between the pistol and your clothes or some part of your body.
Except . . . that means a person doesn’t need a permit to carry to drive around with a loaded pistol in the center console. That’s plainly not what the legislature intended when it set up the background check with training and proficiency requirements for pistol carriers.
The rule for transporting firearms has been ‘unloaded, in a case, in the trunk’ for as long as I can remember. Transporting a loaded pistol out of the case required a permit to carry. But reading this opinion – even if I DO have a permit to carry, but my loaded pistol is in the center console, then it’s not touching my body so I’m not “carrying” so my permit doesn’t cover that activity. Suddenly, that has become illegal transportation of a loaded gun outside the case, regardless of having a permit to carry.
This decision, and the prior “carry” decision (State v. Larson), show that the Court of Appeals has a problem. Either (1) they don’t understand the permit to carry law so they interpret it incorrectly; or (2) they understand perfectly what was intended but hate the idea of armed citizens, so they’re intentionally twisting the law to fit their own agenda.
Either way, the Legislature needs to fix the statute by defining the word “carry.”
As the decision shows us, it’s long overdue.