STAT SHEET: Minnesota issued 1/3 fewer permits to carry in 2014

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

2014: 41,493

2013: 60,471

2012: 31,657

2011: 20,772

2010: 17,240

5 counties with most permits issued in 2014

Hennepin: 5,279

Anoka: 2,951

Dakota: 2,691

Ramsey: 2,415

St. Louis: 2,263

Permits denied

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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