The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is reporting a significant drop in the number of handgun permits issued last year.
The B-C-A’s annual report shows Minnesota sheriffs issued 65-thousand-257 handgun carry permits in 2022. That’s almost a 39 percent decline from the record 106-thousand-488 permits issued in 2021. Nearly 42 hundred crimes were committed by permit holders last year. More than 60 percent were D-W-I’s or other traffic offenses and just over three percent were incidents where a gun was used in furtherance of a crime.
The total number of valid permits in the state rose to over 395 thousand.