Nearly every Minnesotan who applied for a permit to carry a handgun last year got one

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A total of 43,315 permit-to-carry applications were sent in to Minnesota sheriffs in 2014 – and a very small percentage were denied.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released its required annual survey of permit applicants Monday morning.

Of those applications, nearly 96 percent – that's 41,493 – resulted in a permit being issued.

Just 422 applications were denied.

Of those denials, 322 of them cited the applicant being a "danger to self or others," according to the data.

Sixty-nine said the applicant getting a permit was prohibited by federal law, and 64 said the applicant had been convicted of a crime of violence. (Note: There can be multiple reasons for a denial.)

More tidbits from the report

  • Those 41,493 permits issued are a sharp drop from 2013, when 60,471 were issued. That's down about one-third. But it's still significantly more than any of the three years prior to that.
  • Of those 43,315 permit applications submitted last year, 1,321 are still pending. In addition, 15 permits were suspended in 2014; six were revoked and 22 were voided.
  • The counties with the most permits issued?
  • As of today, the total number of valid permits in Minnesota is 189,075.
  • The state is required to report any "lawful and justifiable" use of firearms by permit holders. There were no such recorded instances in 2014.
  • Total revenue tied to permit to carry applicaions? About $3.7 million. About $3.2 million was spent on expenditures related to applications.

Here's the full 359-page report.

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