New questions on MN's permit to carry application quickly criticized, removed


Minnesota's permit to carry a handgun application added 18 questions recently – but they didn't last long.

The state removed the new queries this week just hours after they went live Monday, when gun rights advocates labeled them as too invasive – and illegal to ask, KSTP reports.

Here's the permit-to-carry form that's on the site as of Thursday morning.

It asks for a lot of the standard descriptions – height, sex, age, hair color, eye color, place of residence, previous residences, etc. etc. Then you need to sign off on allowing a background check to be done. Outside of another John Hancock or two, that's about it for the application. (There are training requirements as well.)

The applications that were nixed included questions about military service, mental illness, juvenile criminal records and more. The Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance saved a copy of the now-defunct form. You can look at it yourself, here.

Here's the problem, the alliance says: That permit is against this state law, which specifically outlines "only the following information" can be asked for on a permit. Questions about mental illness or a juvenile record are not listed under that information.

This embed is invalid

The Star Tribune spoke with Heather Martens with Protect Minnesota. She supported the added questions, noting some of what's asked won't show up in a background check.

After the Department of Public Safety was contacted, the new forms were online for less than two days before they were replaced with the versions that don't include the new questions, KSTP says.

This embed is invalid

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-21 at 5.14.36 PM

Mayor Carter announces COVID vaccine mandate for St. Paul city workers

It comes after Minneapolis announced the requirement for vaccines or regular testing for city workers in September.

two twelve medical center chaska GSV

Ridgeview cutting hours at 2 Minnesota urgent care locations

Hours of operation at a third location are also being shifted earlier.

Flickr - QFamily - Ben Jerrys

Latest to wade into Mpls. Question 2 debate is ... Ben & Jerry's?

The ice cream business said it supports the creation of a Department of Public Safety.

mickey moore driver's license shared

Mpls. candidate tries to 'set the record straight' about where he lives

Questions about Ward 9 candidate Mickey Moore's residency are quickly piling up.

Screen Shot 2021-10-21 at 1.49.16 PM

COVID-19 case rate drops in 51 of 87 Minnesota counties

Four of the 10 lowest case rates are metro-area counties.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

Allina mental health workers vote to unionize

Concerns over safety led the workers to unionize.

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

Minnesota reports COVID deaths of teen student, 2 school staffers

Cases in schools rose again in the past week, though there are signs cases may have peaked.

Proctor football

Investigation of alleged misconduct on Proctor football team nears conclusion

The football team canceled its season and the coach subsequently resigned.

minnesota house of representatives

Minnesota House will continue hybrid operations, require masks in 2022

The Speaker of the House announced the plans in a memo to members and staff on Thursday.


Wisconsin sees more than 30,000 applications for conceal-carry permits

Tens of thousands of permits have poured in in just the first week. Wisconsin residents first have to pass a background check and proven they've taken firearms training before they can get a permit.