Gun clause in Minn. Vikings lease irks lawmaker

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota legislator wants a provision stripped from the Vikings new stadium lease that prevents the building from being used by businesses that sell guns and other weapons.

Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington said in a letter Thursday that the restriction could discourage hunting and outdoors groups from holding offseason events at the planned $975 million stadium, which is being built with a partial public subsidy. The Associated Press reported on the clause this week that is contained in a 30-year stadium lease.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen says the board didn’t intend to restrict hunting expos. She says the clause was meant to govern what’s done in the stadium’s new retail store. She says the authority would weigh event requests on a case-by-case basis.

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