Minnesota sheriffs issue record of over 100K gun permits — more than double permits in 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota sheriffs issued a record 106,488 permits to carry firearms last year, the second steep annual increase in a row, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Tuesday.

The total was nearly 10,000 higher than the 96,554 permits issued across Minnesota in 2020 and more than double the 51,404 permits granted in 2019.

And the BCA said it was the highest total of permits granted since the Minnesota Personal Protection Act was enacted in 2003. The law generally requires sheriffs to issue carry permits to any applicant who passes a background check and completes a training course.

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