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March 02, 2020
BCA Releases 2019 Permit to Carry Annual Report

​ST. PAUL — The Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) today released the 2019 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 53,310 permits were applied for and that they issued 51,404 permits in 2019.

​Year ​Permits Issued
2019​ ​51,404
​2018 ​66,053
​2017 ​55,069
​2016 ​71,156
​2015 ​44,696


The top five counties for five-year permits issued by sheriffs in 2019 are:


​County ​Permits Issued
Hennepin​​ ​6,124
Anoka​ ​3,672
Dakota​ ​3,210
Ramsey​ ​3,036
​St. Louis ​2,824


Sheriffs reported there were 143 permits suspended, 33 revoked and 656 denied in 2019.

Crimes committed by permit holders

Minnesota sheriffs reported that individuals with permits committed 1,891 crimes in 2019. Nearly 58 percent were DWI’s or other traffic offenses.
As of today, the total number of valid permits in Minnesota is 301,268.

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.
Minnesota sheriffs are then required under Minnesota law (Minn. Stat. §624.714, subd. 20 (b)) to report their data on gun permit applications, issuances and denials to the BCA. As directed by same statute, the BCA compiles the public information provided by Minnesota sheriffs into its annual report.
The full report is available for viewing on the BCA Website.

About the Minnesota Department Public Safety

DPS comprises 10 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.


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