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February 28, 2014
BCA Releases 2013 Permit to Carry Annual Report
Data Provided to BCA by Minnesota Law Enforcement Agencies

​The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) today released the 2013 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 sheriff’s reported to the BCA that 62,950 permits were applied for and that they issued 60,471 permits in 2013, nearly double the number issued in 2012.

          Year   Permits Issued
          2013   60,471
          2012   31,657
          2011   20,772
          2010   17,240
          2009   22,378

The top five counties for permits issued in 2013 are:

          County            Permits Issued
          Hennepin       7,982
          Anoka             4,747
          Dakota           4,125
          Ramsey         3,483
          Washington  3,319

Sheriffs reported there were 28 permits suspended, 11 revoked, 18 voided and 540 denied in 2013.

As of today, the total number of valid permits in Minnesota is 165,295.

Crimes committed by permit holders
Minnesota law enforcement agencies reported that individuals with permits committed 1,023 crimes in 2013. More than half were DWI’s or other traffic offenses.

The 2013 data on crimes committed by individuals with permits is significantly higher than it has been in years past. In addition to an increase in criminal activity, these numbers may be impacted by these factors:

  • There were more permit holders in 2013 than there had been previous years. The total number of active permits in Minnesota is up by 32 percent over the same time last year.
  • The initial group of permits issued under the law were first eligible for renewal in 2008 and again in 2013. 12,469 permit applications, or 20 percent of the applications made in 2013, were for renewals.
  • Not all police departments had been submitting data on crimes and justifiable use of firearms by permit holders as required by Minnesota law. The BCA in 2013 communicated with local agencies to remind them of their responsibility to provide this data.
  • Law enforcement agencies switched to electronic-based reporting, which may have led to more complete reporting.

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 by going to the BCA Website at, clicking on Statistics/Reports and then Permit to Carry.

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