Jan 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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 details were first reported 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.
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