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.