Skip to main content

Concealed gun permits issued in Minnesota last year nearly double 2012 total

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Minnesota counties issued nearly twice as many permits to carry a concealed firearm last year compared to the year before, law enforcement agencies say.

According to figures provided by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, more than 60,000 permits were issued in 2013. In 2012 the total was fewer than 32,000. The BCA tallied data provided by local law enforcement agencies around the state.

The Pioneer Press reports more than 63,000 people applied for permits to carry guns, meaning 96 percent of those applications were approved. The newspaper explains that people seeking a permit apply to their county sheriff's office and must show proof of approved firearms training.

The sheriff's office checks their record for any information that would disqualify the applicant. The name is then shared with the FBI, BCA, and Department of Homeland Security, each of which searches its databases.

2013's permits bring the number of Minnesotans licensed to carry a gun up to 165,000. WCCO says the Twin Cities area accounted for about 40 percent of last year's permits. The five counties that issued the most are all in the metropolitan area.

As Northland's News Center reports, there were 1,023 crimes committed by permit holders during 2013. The BCA says the majority of them were drunk driving cases or other traffic offenses. That crime total is far more than in previous years but so is the number of people with concealed weapon permits.

FOX 9 shows a breakdown of the non-traffic related crimes committed by permit holders. The 42 domestic assaults comprise the largest category, although officials say none of those assaults involved a firearm.

Next Up


Massive Burnsville landfill expansion nears final approvals

The City of Burnsville and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are accepting public feedback on the proposal.

Screen Shot 2022-08-05 at 2.35.39 PM

Kyle Rittenhouse attorney to defend accused Apple River killer Nicolae Miu

The attorney who helped Kyle Rittenhouse be acquitted of all charges is defending the alleged Apple River mass stabber.

Screen Shot 2022-08-05 at 7.55.41 AM

Minneapolis police trying to ID pair in connection to fatal shooting

Police say the two people pictured are connected to the fatal shooting of Ivan Redday last month.


17-year-old girl killed in southern Minnesota crash

The crash happened early Thursday morning near Lake Crystal.

Tim Gannon

Ex-Brooklyn Center police chief sues city over resignation

Tim Gannon alleges he was forced to resign following the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright.

boat, boating, lake

Men injured after boat crash sends propeller spinning onto craft

The motor reportedly flew out of the water and severely injured two men on the boat.


Officials investigating possible spill near Enbridge pipeline in Wisconsin

It comes as another water spill is being reported at Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota.


Lightning strike outside White House kills Wisconsin couple

The bolt of lightning was captured on video by a local TV camera.


NASCAR star Kyle Busch flees Mall of America after shooting

Busch was at the megamall with his wife and son when a gunman opened fire Thursday.


Triple-fatal crash involving car full of Missourians in Minnesota

Four people from Missouri were in a vehicle that collided with a semi.

Screen Shot 2022-08-03 at 7.58.19 AM

Teen charged with murder of 15-year-old at light rail station

The victim died from a gunshot wound to the chest following the shooting Tuesday.



Minnesota saw record gun permit applications in 2020

The trend in Minnesota aligns with national spikes.