Secret Service Questioned Man With Guns Outside Obama Rally In Minnesota

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September 15, 2009 11:58 a.m.

When 32-year-old Josh Hendrickson left his house for a protest outside President Obama’s health care rally in Minneapolis Saturday, he considered whether to go armed.

When he typically goes out, he told the Star-Tribune, “I grab my wallet, my keys and my gun.”

Make that two guns.

Hendrickson showed up to the event with a Glock in a holster, and a Kel Tec 380 — known for its light weight and “manageable recoil” — in his back pocket. The local police and the Secret Service question Hendrickson after seeing the outline of a gun in his camo shirt, he said.

But, Hendrickson told the Star-Tribune he was not inspired by the gun-toters who showed up to Obama events in August. He just wanted to make the same point they wanted to make: “The Second Amendment isn’t suspended just because the president’s in town.”

Hendrickson then revealed to the Strib reporter that he recently got out of jail:

“I’m a pretty laid-back guy that loves his kids and his country,” Hendrickson said.

He added, however, that he had just been released from jail a month earlier on an assault charge for pepper-spraying a customer at a Cub Foods in Brooklyn Center, where he worked as a security guard.

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