A group of Adopt a Highway volunteers were packing more than trash along the shoulder of Minnesota 55 in Mendota Heights on Sunday morning.
With legal guns on their hips, a dozen area residents spent nearly three hours picking up litter — everything from cigarette butts to blown-out tires — along a 2-mile stretch of the highway just east of the Mendota Bridge. It was the inaugural event for the group, which registered with the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Adopt a Highway program under the name Minnesota Carry Permit Holders.
"We believe this is the safest stretch of road right now in the state," said Jason Walberg, who collected trash with a Springfield XD .40-caliber, semi-automatic handgun clipped to his belt.
MnDOT officials say the group is unique to the Adopt a Highway program, which commonly includes civic and church groups and businesses, and that members have every right to clean the road while carrying guns.
"This is a perfectly legal group ... what they do is clear in state law," MnDOT spokesman Kent Barnard said, adding that — personally — he has had a gun-carrying permit for several years. "Now, if we had the perverts and pedophiles out there, that would be a different story." ...
Article here. The normalization of open carry continues.