Thursday, October 16, 2014

Minnesota Concealed Carry Permit Holder Loses his Permit

from ssgmarkcr

 I came across this visiting a Minnesota concealed carry forum.  Comments there were universally balanced between what an idiot he is for shooting when there was no threat and wondering who his instructor was and WTF.  Fortunately, no one was hurt and the guy is looking at a couple of felonies.  There were several articles out there, but this one had the most information IMHO. 

"A man apparently attempting to track down a purse thief at Como Lake in St. Paul fired multiple shots at the fleeing driver, and used the hood of a woman's car to steady his shot.

Matrix Richard Lee, 50, has been charged with dangerous discharge of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm. According to charges, Lee and his fiancee were sitting on a bench at Como Lake when he saw movement near his car, noticing a white car next to the passenger side of his vehicle, his fiancee's purse in plain view. Lee said he saw a woman exit his car carrying his wife's purse and get into the driver's seat of the white car.

The complaint said Lee got up and ran at the woman to retrieve the purse, but she drove at Lee and lifted her arm making some sort of gesture that, in fear of being shot, prompted Lee to grab his handgun, insert a full magazine and fire around the fleeing vehicle. The driver apparently gave him the finger, and angrily, he fired an additional shot at the car in effort to pop the tires, Lee told police.

Lee's permit to carry and handgun have been taken by police, and they found two spend casing in the parking lot. Even though Lee says he thought the woman had a weapon, Ramsey County attorney John Choi says that wasn't the case, and Lee didn't have the right to open fire in a public park when there was no threat of great bodily harm to himself or others.

"Just because you have the permit to carry doesn't give you license to fire it recklessly in our community," he said.

Lee says he got his permit to carry back in May because the restaurant where he works has been robbed a couple of times recently, and now he thinks the justice system is taking aim at the wrong person."

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