ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House’s leading Republican was detained by Montana authorities last September when a deal to buy an antique truck soured and a friend accompanying him displayed the lawmaker’s gun.
That’s according to just-surfacing court records and a statement issued Friday.
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt was briefly placed in handcuffs, and his friend was arrested and charged with three felonies. Daudt kept the matter quiet until KSTP-TV first reported details Thursday night. Court papers say Daudt was arrested, too, but he disputes that characterization.
In a statement, Daudt casts himself as a peacemaker in a tense situation. He says the friend retrieved the gun without his knowledge and stressed it was not fired. Through a spokesman, he declined interview requests Friday.