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State Rep. Tom Hackbarth was stopped by police earlier this month in the Planned Parenthood parking lot in Highland Park after he was spotted with gun near his waistband, according to a story in the Star Tribune.

Hackbarth: police stop was a “misunderstanding”

Tom Hackbarth

Tom Hackbarth

State Rep. Tom Hackbarth was stopped by police earlier this month in the Planned Parenthood parking lot in Highland Park after he was spotted with gun near his waistband, according to a story in the Star Tribune.

Hackbarth, R-Cedar, was stopped by police on Nov. 16 after a security guard noticed his gun. Hackbarth was in the Planned Parenthood lot after hours. Police ordered him out of his car at gunpoint, handcuffed him and questioned him before taking his gun.

Hackbarth, who has a conceal and carry permit, told the Star Tribune that he is not familiar with the Highland Park area and he didn’t know he was at Planned Parenthood when he pulled into the empty lot.

“I didn’t even know it was Planned Parenthood,” he said. “I fully understand why they were upset.”

Hackbarth said he was in Highland Park to look for a woman he met online.

From the Star Tribune:

“Hackbarth said he had coffee with the woman on Nov. 15, and asked her to dinner the next night but she told him she couldn’t because of a commitment she had with a female friend in Highland Park. Hackbarth said he felt that she might have been seeing a man instead, so he parked his car and walked around the block looking for her car.”

“I was not a jealous boyfriend,” said Hackbarth, who is in the process of divorcing his wife of 25 years. “I was just trying to check up on her. It’s totally a misunderstanding.”

Hackbarth picked up his gun from police Tuesday and was not charged or arrested, according to the Star Tribune.

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  1. No matter how Rep. Hackbarth explains this incident, the fact remains that the circumstances surrounding it make him look a bit nutty…even creepy. The GOP is seeking to restore irreproachable ethics, common sense and fiscal stability to state government (and what a tug that will be if Mark Dayton is sitting in the governor’s chair). In order to accomplish this successfully and maintain the faith of the electorate, every single GOP legislator needs to ensure that their personal and professional lives are above reproach all the time–let’s face it, this needs to go hand in hand with public service. House Speaker-designate Kurt Zellers acted appropriately in suspending Rep. Hackbarth “from any current and pending leadership roles within the House GOP Caucus.” This noted, once the matter is completely resolved and some time has passed, one hopes that a wiser, more common sense savvy Rep. Hackbarth will regain the trust and support of his colleagues and constituents.

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