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According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, an Apple Valley man was charged with terroristic threats when he repeatedly brandished a knife and threatened to ‘get’ him. Thankfully for the victim he was carrying a gun on his person at the time. It may be surprising to some that in Minnesota the law is not a concealed weapon carry permit, it’s simply a carry permit and thus there is absolutely no reason you must conceal your weapon on your person and thus alerting a potential criminal that you’re armed is not necessary.
From the complaint:
On July 5, 2012, Lakeville police responded to the area of 205th Street and Jupiter Avenue, Lakeville, Dakota County, Minnesota, on a report of an assault and threats being made. Officers spoke to MF who reported that he went to the location where he believed his son, TF was consuming alcohol. MF reported that he went to the address on Jupiter Avenue and observed the front door to be wide open. MF knocked on the door and was met there by two young men. MF stated that one of the men was attempting to pick a fight with him. MF stated that he saw the male running from the back of the house holding a knife. MF reported that the male, later identified as Jakob Joseph Gelbach, was screaming threats and running towards him. MF stated that he showed Gelbach that he had a gun in the hopes that it would prevent a knife attack. MF stated that he left the area and drove to the intersection of 205th and Jupiter to call the police.
MF reported that Gelbach drove by in a gold Mazda 626 and yelled “I’m gonna get you!” and then sped off. MF stated that Gelbach then made a u-turn and came back to the intersection at a high rate of speed. MF stated that he believed that Gelbach was going to t-bone his car. MF stated that he jumped into his car and that Gelbach stopped and waved a knife out of the window at MF making threats.
Are you surprised that after brandishing his gun, the victim still received another threat? What about your feelings on the carry permit in Minnesota not requiring an individual to conceal their weapon? Have you ever seen anyone openly carrying a firearm (aside from hunting)? If someone was threatening you with a knife would you pull out your weapon in an attempt to stop the altercation or do you think that might escalate the situation further? Following the recent gun control/violence issues in our country has your opinion on carrying weapons in Minnesota changed? Do you plan to buy a weapon and/or get a carry permit now or do you think the law should be changed? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.