07-10-2016, 09:43 AM
Under the currently acceptable rules of engagement just having a pistol visible and within reach is enough to get you shot, so long as the officer claims to feel "threatened."
I don't know what the MN CCW law is, and I'm sure some places it's perfectly legal to have one sitting in your lap or laying in the console, but that won't keep you from getting shot, with the grand jury's seal of approval.
If he really did have a pistol in his lap it doesn't look good for him, since anyone with any sense and no bad intentions would quickly hide it -- but it also doesn't make sense that he'd keep it there and then mention he had a permit (if that even happened, we just have the girlfriend's word to go on, and she seems a bit shady).
I guess we will just have to wait and see - it doesn't help that PDs always drag their feet releasing even the most basic information (I don't think they said anything about the cop seeing a pistol in his lap, and I'm not even sure if they've confirmed yet if he had a valid permit or not).
It almost seems like they want to create doubt and confusion -- partially to cover their asses, and partially to stir things up.