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Associated Press, Published October 05 2010

Appeals Court backs police in test of Minnesota gun law

ST. PAUL (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals says police can search a person suspected of illegally carrying a gun for identification when the suspect refuses to identify himself.

Minnesota's "concealed-carry" law requires a permit to carry a handgun in public. In a ruling Tuesday, the Court of Appeals says that when a person is detained on "reasonable suspicion" of violating that law, police may conduct a "limited search" for ID if the suspect refuses to provide his name or identification.

The ruling affirmed the conviction of a felon who was caught trying to carry a gun into a Minneapolis nightclub. When he refused to give his name, an officer took his wallet to get his ID, ran a computer check and discovered his previous convictions and gang connections.

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Online:

http://www.mncourts.gov/opinions/coa/current/opa091865-1005.pdf

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.