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Minn. GOP lawmaker involved in Mont. gun incident

Mn. House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt
Mn. House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt

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 a Twin Cities television station first reported details 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.