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Report shows a 'significant' increase in number of Minnesota concealed carry permits

ST. PAUL – The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension called the numbers “significant.”

The total number of active concealed carry permits in Minnesota now sits at 125,339, with 31,657 issued in 2012, up from 20,772 in 2011.

County sheriffs, responsible for performing background checks on applicants, also must report crimes committed by permit-holders. But that data is incomplete, according a report released Thursday by the BCA.

“Not all police departments have submitted data on crimes and on justifiable use of firearms by permit holders,” a release stated. “As a result, the data in this report may not reflect the total criminal activity nor the total justifiable uses by permit holders.”

The report did not include any information on crimes that were prevented by permit-holders.

And while 145 crimes committed last year by carriers of concealed weapons were DWI or other traffic offenses, the next most frequently committed crime was domestic assault, followed by controlled substance offenses, assault and violation of restraining orders.

Of the 31 domestic assaults committed by permit-holders, 14 did not involve a pistol, while 17 were classified as “Pistol use not reported/unknown."

The majority of permit-holders are men.

The report also showed that 285 permits were denied. Reasons for their denial included a litany of violent crimes, including child sexual assault, assault, domestic violence and weapons charges. The denials for such crimes represented either previous convictions or pending cases.

In Beltrami County, 260 permits were applied for, 249 were issued, three were denied, one was determined to be void and seven remain pending. If a permit is voided, it means the applicant has been in a mental treatment facility, is mentally handicapped, or has been convicted of a felony. The total number of permit-holders in Beltrami County is 860, the report showed.

Of the three permits that were denied, two applicants were determined to be a danger to themselves or others, and one showed the applicant had a previous controlled substance conviction.

One permit was suspended after the permit-holder was convicted of felony fifth-degree assault.

Two pages detailing revoked permits showed a similar pattern to ones that had been denied, with the addition of suicidal and terroristic threats for those who lost their right to carry a concealed weapon.

The majority of denied permits – 206 – were thrown out because applicants were determined to be a danger to themselves or others.

Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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