ST. PAUL - 2012 marked a record for the number of handgun carry permits issued across the state of Minnesota.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) on Friday released the 2012 Permit to Carry Report, an annual analysis summarizing data collected from Minnesota law enforcement agencies about how many permits are issued, and who is applying.
Data from sheriff' departments across the state indicate that 33,816 permits were applied for in 2012, and 31,657 were issued, up significantly from previous years.
In addition, 9 permits were suspended, 2 revoked, 6 voided and 285 denied in 2012.
As of today, 125,339 Minnesotans have a permit to carry a handgun.
The top five counties for permits issued in 2012 are:
- Hennepin - 4761
- Anoka - 2554
- Dakota - 2501
- Washington - 1947
- Ramsey - 1850
Minnesota law enforcement agencies reported to the BCA that in 2012, individuals with permits committed 296 crimes. Almost half of those were DWI's or other traffic offenses.
The BCA offers the crime numbers cautiously, as the bureau became aware 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 inn communication with local agencies to remind them of their responsibility to provide this data in the future.
Below is a list of permits issued since conceal and carry was passed in 2008.
- 2012 - 31,657 permits issued
- 2011 - 20,772 permits issued
- 2010 - 17,240 permits issued
- 2009 - 22,378 permits issued
- 2008 - 21,646 permits issued
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