Man charged with bringing loaded gun to City Hall

  • Updated: December 8, 2010 - 9:11 PM

A Minneapolis man who claims to have a right to carry a gun in City Hall faces charges for bringing a loaded weapon into the police chief's office last month.

Joel Rosenberg, 56, wore a holstered semi-automatic handgun into the office when he showed up for a Nov. 5 meeting with police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer, according to charges filed this week in Hennepin County District Court.

In a video of the encounter later uploaded to YouTube, Palmer can be heard telling Rosenberg that a court order prohibits people from carrying a gun in the building. Rosenberg objects, citing state statute. He avoids arrest at that time when Palmer, who confiscated the weapon, says: "Will you take this back to your car, please?"

Rosenberg replies: "You said the magic word."

On Wednesday, Rosenberg was booked into the county jail on charges of possession of a dangerous weapon in a courthouse, a felony, and contempt of court, a misdemeanor.

City Hall is part of the courthouse complex because it houses conciliation court on the third floor, the charges say. A sign posted in the hallway that connects City Hall with the county Government Center states that weapons are prohibited by district court order.

Rosenberg was being held in jail Wednesday night in lieu of $100,000 bail.

ANTHONY LONETREE

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