Last week, when a middle-aged white man was arrested for waving a gun at some Somali teenagers at a gas station, you could fairly hear the panting fro the anti-gun crowd: “Please let it be a permit holder! Please let it be a permit-holder“, they prayed in fractured Unitarian.
Alas, they were denied:
Investigators with the Eden Prairie Police Department applied for a warrant to search Johnson’s property and motor vehicle last week.
The application said investigators have learned Johnson applied for and was granted a firearms permit to purchase in 2011, but as of last week, he does not have a permit to carry in Minnesota. The application also states that he was the suspect in a 2011 assault in which an individual alleged Johnson threatened him with a knife and a gun.
But that case was cleared exceptionally due to lack of victim cooperation.
Now – we can allow for the fact that there is going to be some “he said / they said” in a story like this. But if this story is accurate, it’d seem Johnson is qualified to be a great example of how not to use a firearm in lawful self-defense (emphasis added)
According to the application, several of the teens reported seeing Johnson pull out a black handgun during the altercation, and begin waving it around during an incident captured on both surveillance video and cell phone video. One reported he felt threatened and believed Johnson was going to begin shooting at him…He too reportedly recorded part of the incident on his cell phone. The application states that video does not show Johnson removing or displaying the handgun, but that he can be heard yelling at the group of teens.
“Just give me a reason,” he can allegedly be heard to say. “Just give me a god damn reason.”
If you’re asking them to give you a reason, a jury’s gonna look at that “immediate danger of death or great bodily harm” requirement for a self-defense claim, and laugh out loud with the judge’s tacit blessing.
But – let’s watch for Nancy Nord Bence and Erin Maye Quade to claim he is a permittee.