ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A Minnesota State Representative who was detained with a gun after parking at a Planned Parenthood clinic will not be charged with any crimes, according to the St. Paul City Attorney Sara Grewing.

St. Paul Police said there were inconsistencies in the story they got from Rep. Tom Hackbarth after he parked in the clinic parking lot wearing a fully-armed pistol.

Security tapes show Hackbarth getting out of his truck with the gun clearly visible. He told police he was jealous and looking for his online girlfriend that he was dating.

Grewing told WCCO-TV that he was “less than clear with police about what he was doing there,” but she said her office couldn’t find evidence of a crime they could prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

Hackbarth voluntarily resigned from his post as the chairman of the powerful Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Committeee.

Comments (7)
  1. Randall Cheuvront says:

    being the lot is private property i have to ask if it’s even legal for him to have a gun on the property of an establishment that would ban firearms. i can’t imagine their ban doesn’t extend beyond their door to the parking lot.

    1. LT says:

      thiey would have to have it posted when you eneter the parking lot. otherwise someone could argue in court “i didn’t know they were banned in the parking log”

  2. Jason says:

    Unless it is posted at the property line then they cannot extend it to suit case by case scenarios.

    Now if it was posted at the entrance of the lot it would be a different story. Most places don’t post the lot because they do understand that some people do carry a firearm……..this gives them the chance to return to their car and properly secure it in the vehicle before entering the building

  3. mark from says:

    I agree with Jason, he had a conceal and carry permit, but a sign would trump his permit if posted at the property line. But the whole story scares me because he was checking up on a female he met on line? Something is missing.

  4. Brenda Moon says:

    Scary stuff. Looking for a woman with a gun. A Republican legislator. Lost his chairmanship, but still legislating. No charges? Do you think there was special consideration?

  5. Dave Seavy says:

    Certainly there are special considerations. Remember: prosecutors are politicians too, and they avoid stepping on toes of possible future allies., While he didn’t break any laws per se, at the very least he showed terribly poor judgement. Showing up anywhere looking for some on line girlfriend while packing heat seems very sketchy.

  6. 8+1 says:

    Do you have any idea how many people you walk by every single day that are legally “packing heat” and you don’t even know it? There are somewhere around 30,000 to 40,000 legal concealed carry permits in Minnesota alone, not including police and law enforcement. Just because a person chooses to carry a gun doesn’t make them an evil person. Believe it or not, there are legitimate reasons for carrying one, politician or not.

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