The Minnesota Department of Public Safety issued 41,493 permits to carry in 2014, down nearly one-third from the number of permits issued in 2013. As of March 3, the total number of valid permits in Minnesota is 189,142.
Permit to carry law in Minnesota
Under Minnesota law, a permit is required to carry a handgun in public. There is nothing written in the law regarding whether or not the gun must be concealed. State law also requires permit to carry applicants to show evidence of certified training in the safe use of a handgun within one year of an original application or renewal.
Permits issues in past 5 years
5 counties with most permits issued in 2014
St. Louis: 2,263
There were 15 permits suspended, 6 revoked, 22 voided and 422 denied in 2014, according to sheriff's reports.
Crimes committed by permit holders
Individuals with permits to carry committed 1,320 crimes in 2014, according to reports from law enforcement. Only 20 of those crimes involved the use of a pistol to commit the crime, while more than half of these crimes were DWIs or other traffic offenses that had nothing to do with firearms.
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