KSTP reports that Minnesota House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, was involved in a gun incident in Montana last fall when he went with a friend to buy an antique vehicle.
But the sale went bad, and Daudt's 24-year-old friend grabbed Daudt's gun, pointed it at the seller – and was ultimately charged with three felony charges, including aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a weapon, KSTP reports.
Daudt said he was caught in the middle of an "unfortunate situation" and did nothing wrong. He was not charged. Daudt was handcuffed and briefly detained, KSTP reports. Daudt stresses that he was not arrested, although KSTP notes that this court document indicates he was. The document notes that a deputy and trooper "placed them under arrest," in reference to Daudt and his friend.
The document says Daudt had come to Livingston, Montana, last September to take possession of a 1966 Ford Bronco that he had purchased online from a private seller, but that when he arrived, he took issue with the way the vehicle drove.
When the seller told him the deal was final, an argument ensued. Daudt said the seller was verbally aggressive. That's when Daudt's friend, identified as Daniel Benjamin Weinzetl of Cambridge, retrieved the handgun from Daudt's car and "pointed it" at the seller and his family, including children, the court document says. (Daudt told KSTP his friend did not point the gun at the family.)
The family the fled. The gun, which had bullets in the magazine but not the chamber, was never fired, Daudt told KSTP.
The Associated Press picked up the story Friday, noting that in a written statement the lawmaker "casts himself as a peacemaker." Daudt declined interview requests Friday, the AP reported.
“As a witness, I provided a statement to local authorities who informed me that at no time was I accused by anyone of any wrongdoing, and that according to all accounts I was trying to diffuse the situation," Daudt said in the written statement.