Permits granted in Minnesota for individuals seeking to carry a firearm surged past the 30,000 mark last year, with very few applicants being denied, state officials said Friday.
There were 31,657 permits granted by county sheriffs in 2012, up from 20,772 in 2011, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). There were 285 applications denied last year. There are still some applications from 2012 that have yet to be processed, meaning more approvals are in the bureaucratic pipeline.
Read the article: The Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.)