St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- 2012 saw a significant increase in the number of gun permits applied for and issued across Minnesota.
In 2012, almost 32,000 people were issued a gun permit in the state, up by 52% compared to almost 21,000 in 2011.
This is the highest number of gun permits issued in one year in the past five years.
The counties that saw the most gun permits issued were Hennepin (4,761), Anoka (2,554), Dakota (2,501), Washington (1,947) and Ramsey (1,850) counties. In St. Louis County, 1,724 gun permits were issued.
These numbers are part of the annual Permit to Carry Report released by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). This report summarizes data collected from Minnesota law enforcement agencies regarding applications made for handgun carry permits as well as data about permit holders.
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.
However, the BCA has learned that not all police departments have submitted data on gun permit holders, meaning 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.
To look at the entire report, you can log onto the MN BCA 2012 Permit to Carry Report web page.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns