Push for more background checks stalls; 99 percent of gun applications approved last year
|The number of Minnesotans with gun permits jumped dramatically last year.|
-- Minnesota gun permit holders: Five justifiable firearm uses, 124 crimes on record since 2003
-- More Minnesotans were killed in fist fights than by rifles in 2011
In 2012, 31,657 permits applications were received by county sheriffs, and 31,492 were approved. That's good for a 99 percent approval rate, which is pretty scary when you consider that a homicidal manic like Christian Oberender wasn't red-flagged when he applied for a permit.
The number of permit applications approved last year surged about 50 percent from 2011 -- from 20,772 to 31,657 in 2012. Of course, not all of Minnesota's 125,339 permit holders necessarily own guns.
During a news conference earlier today, Bakk said combined opposition from Republicans and conservative Democrats will almost certainly kill any effort to expand the scope of required background checks this legislative session.