Monday was a record day for number of gun permit applications in Anoka County

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Guns (or at least permits to buy them) are hot items this holiday season.
In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, guns aren't just a hot topic of conversation -- they're also in high demand.

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Monday was a record day for gun permit applications in Anoka County, and the number of applications in Hennepin, Washington, and Dakota counties also spiked in recent days.

According to the PiPress, 36 gun applications were filed in Anoka County on Monday. That's a record -- 10 to 15 are filed in a typical day. The previous record was established November 7, the day after President Obama won reelection.

In Dakota, Washington, and Hennepin counties on Monday and Tuesday, officials processed two to three times the number of gun applications they would've seen during a typical pre-Newtown day.

But the trend isn't universal. For some reason, residents of Ramsey County are resisting the allure of gun permits -- according to the Star Tribune, 15 applications were filed in Ramsey County on the first post-Newtown Monday (December 17), compared to 16 the week prior.

The Star Tribune provides information about what happens once county officials receive an application, which pretty much boils down to this -- a gun permit is granted:
Minnesota law allows counties up to 30 days to review gun-permit applications, [Anoka County Sheriff's Commander Paul] Sommer said. That process includes background checks by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, local police and county human-services agencies.

The background-check process does not include an intensive inquiry into the applicant's mental health [Dakota County Sheriff Dave] Bellows said.

Only about 1 percent of applications are rejected, while statistics show that 20 percent to 25 percent of the population has some form of mental illness, and 6 percent to 10 percent have more severe forms, he said.
Jim Rauscher, owner of Joe's Sporting Goods in Little Canada, connected the spike in permit applications with the vague pro-gun control speech Obama delivered in Connecticut on Sunday night.

"The president went on TV and said something would change," Rauscher told the PiPress. "Not knowing what that change will be, if it will make [obtaining guns] tougher... some people want to take the steps now to protect themselves."

Statewide, the number of residents with permits to carry guns increased by 25 percent from December 1, 2011, to December 1 of this year, the PiPress reports -- and that number doesn't account for the dramatic post-Newtown spike in permit applications.

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JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Must be part of Obama's stimulus plan. More manufacturing jobs making guns and ammo.

webcelt
webcelt

I'm amazed at how there's a new spike in gun purchases and permits every time some terrible thing happens, like a mass shooting or a Republican losing an election. How many more guns can people carry?

Peter Gamache
Peter Gamache

Ryan - and Hilltop is proof that carnies do settle down. ;)

Peter Gamache
Peter Gamache

Sad as I am to say it, Anoka's school district is pretty much the capitol of fundamentalist homophobia in the state. I wonder if the hate-fear thing drives both urges?

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Holiday gun sales are always booming but all this nonsense about gun control is certainly helping drive rifle sales through the roof.

Ryan Rud
Ryan Rud

I grew up in Anoka county. Sadly this makes sense. Fools with big pickups, low IQs, and apparently no concept of how to operate in a mutually beneficial society.

_Joe_
_Joe_

WTF is a "gun permit"??

Charles D. Rhoden III
Charles D. Rhoden III

Anoka County gives credence to the theory that inbreeding occurs in places other than just the South.

Charlie Seto
Charlie Seto

Government is declaring war on drugs, quick, let's stockpile some...?

Tanner Slade Olson
Tanner Slade Olson

How open kind of you to label them suburbanites, none of these comments even make sense to me. Comparing guns with twinkies? Come on. And peter, there is great short documentary on fear you might enjoy watching.

Matthias Weigel
Matthias Weigel

Oh good, that means a record number of idiots with guns...

Kris Vruno Huson
Kris Vruno Huson

This reminds me of when people bought up all the Hostess Twinkies when there was a threat that they were going to go away too. Human nature of a gluttonous society.

Courtney Klos
Courtney Klos

That really is the lesson to be learned from Newtown: Arming suburbanites to the teeth.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Kenosha 'Kenny' Washington   Umm.... Yes.  We do.  That's what they're doing in those thirty days you have to wait for it.

keny1
keny1

@Justin Erik Hall Number of Murders in the entire county of Anoka 2012: 0

Number of murders in the City of Minneapolis alone 2012: 32

Enough Said.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@webcelt Probably because a vocal part of the left establishment starts calling for knee jerk laws, or repealing the 2nd amendment.  

Similar result happens when Dems lose an election. Blogs spout up everywhere crying the facists will take away free speech. DailyKos, HuffPo owe their success to Bush being elected and then re-elected.

keny1
keny1

@Ryan Rud Apparently, you haven't been to Columbia Heights, Fridley, Blaine, Coon Rapids or Anoka lately.  There are more Cadillacs with gold rims than big pickups.

tomhynes75
tomhynes75

@_Joe_ Is it a concealed weapons permit? Can we play twenty questions?

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@_Joe_ It's Aaron reporting, he really doesn't know anything about weapons other than they're scary and bad. Plus he's one of the laziest reporters/bloggers I've ever seen 90% percent of his posts/stories are him adding a flashy headline, copying someone's story and adding a sentence or two to preface and close the other reporters article. 

keny1
keny1

@Charles D. Rhoden III Well, at least the people in Anoka County use their guns responsibly compared to those lovely people in Norf Minneapolis.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@tomhynes75  Well the 30 day window, would indicate that he's either talking about a carry permit, or a permit to purchase (required for handguns in MN if you don't have a carry permit).  Long guns require a screening via the BATF, but they certainly don't take 30 days.  More like 30 minutes.  My point with the comment is that the reference is vague to the extreme, which makes for a very poor article.

keny1
keny1

@MicheleBachmann How many people were murdered in Anoka County this year compared to those in the city of Minneapolis.  And by the way, you are still fat.  And stupid.

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