ST. PAUL -The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) today released the 2012 Permit to Carry Report, an annual report summarizing data collected from Minnesota law enforcement agencies regarding applications made for handgun carry permits as well as data about permit holders.
Minnesota sheriffs reported to the BCA that 33,816 permits were applied for and that they issued 31,657 permits in 2012, up significantly from recent years:
The top five counties for permits issued in 2012 are:
County Permits Issued
Sheriffs reported there were 9 permits suspended, 2 revoked, 6 voided and 285 denied in 2012.
As of today, the total number of valid permits in Minnesota is 125,339.
In addition, Minnesota law enforcement agencies reported to the BCA that in 2012, individuals with permits committed 296 crimes. Almost half were DWI's or other traffic offenses.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in 2013 became aware that not all police departments have submitted data on crimes and on justifiable use of firearms by permit holders as required by Minnesota law.
As a result, the data in this report may not reflect the total criminal activity nor the total justifiable uses by permit holders. The BCA is communicating with local agencies to remind them of their responsibility to provide this data in the future.
Minnesota's Personal Protection Act was first enacted in 2003.
Permits were first eligible for renewal in 2008.
Individuals wishing to obtain a Minnesota Permit to Carry must apply for the permit at their local sheriff's office and provide proof of approved firearms training.
Sheriffs then must follow a statutorily-defined process, checking FBI, BCA and DHS records as well as their own data for any disqualifying information. Individuals denied a permit have the right to appeal the denial.
Law enforcement agencies are then required to report their data on gun permit applications, issuances and denials to the BCA.
The BCA compiles the public information provided by Minnesota law enforcement agencies into its annual report.
The full report is available for viewing on the BCA Website at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/administrative/Documents/.... More information about Minnesota's Permit to Carry laws is available at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/administrative/Pages/firearms.aspx