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February 26, 2016
BCA Releases 2015 Permit to Carry Annual Report
Data Provided to BCA by Minnesota Law Enforcement Agencies

​ST. PAUL — The Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) today released the 2015 Permit to Carry Report, an annual report summarizing data submitted by Minnesota law enforcement agencies regarding applications made for handgun carry permits as well as data about permit holders.

Minnesota sheriffs reported to the BCA that 47,872 permits were applied for and that they issued 44,696 permits in 2015, up slightly from the number issued in 2014.



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The top five counties for five-year permits issued by sheriffs in 2015 are:


​County ​Permits Issued
​Hennepin ​5,818
​Anoka ​3,266
​Dakota ​2,922
​Ramsey ​2,767
​Washington ​2,519


Sheriffs reported there were 14 permits suspended, 5 revoked and 736 denied in 2015.

Crimes committed by permit holders

Minnesota law enforcement agencies reported that individuals with permits committed 1,238 crimes in 2015. Nearly 75 percent were DWI’s or other traffic offenses.

As of today, the total number of valid permits in Minnesota is 217,909.

Coding issue produces totaling error in past years’ reports

Due to a database coding error which existed in the BCA’s Permit Tracking System, the statewide number of Total Valid Permits for some past years may be over-reported. This error has been addressed and the 2015 Total Valid Permits number is correct. The issue in this one report does not and has not affected the data in the system.

About the Minnesota Permit to Carry

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, selecting Statistics/Reports and then Permit to Carry.

About the Minnesota Department Public Safety

DPS comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.

About the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension provides investigative and specialized law enforcement services to prevent and solve crimes in partnership with law enforcement, public safety and criminal justice agencies. Services include criminal justice training, forensic laboratory analysis, criminal histories and investigations.

Recent BCA activity

  • BCA narcotics agents and more than a dozen other agencies conducted an investigation that led to the conviction of an Owatonna man who was a member of the Ortega Drug Trafficking Organization for his role in a conspiracy to distribute 26 pounds of methamphetamine from Mexico via Texas to Minnesota.
  • BCA forensic scientists matched DNA from a handgun found and unscrewed lightbulb found at a crime scene to two defendants in a home invasion and murder of a Maplewood man.
  • Nearly 57,000 criminal complaints were processed through the BCA’s eCharging service. All but two Minnesota counties are now using the electronic service to process complaints, citations, DWIs and incident referrals.
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