Gun permits issued in Minnesota doubled last year

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Permit image via precisionplusfirearms.com
On December 14, 2012, the Newtown massacre happened. In its wake, President Obama talked tough about gun control, and local gun shops reported a "feeding frenzy" for firearms.

SEE ALSO: More Minnesotans were killed in fist fights than by rifles in 2011

So perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that numbers released today by the Department of Public Safety show the number of carry permits issued in Minnesota last year basically doubled from 2012.

There were 60,471 permits issued in 2013, compared with 31,657 the year before. The number of gun permits issued has increased every year since 2010, when just 17,240 were approved.

According to the DPS, the top five counties for permits issued last year were Hennepin (7,982), Anoka (4,747), Dakota (4,125), Ramsey (3,483), and Washington (3,319).

Permit holders committed 1,023 crimes last year. More than half were DWIs or other traffic offenses, though the DPS reports that "the 2013 data on crimes committed by individuals with permits is significantly higher than it has been in years past," a development attributed in part to the increase in the number of permits issued.

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Stuttering John
Stuttering John

Ever since Rupar got tricked by the old finger in the pocket gun trick he's grasping at anything now to make guns look bad. CLICKBAITING rupar

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

The real thing we should be concerned about is how many permit holders committed a gun crime which I'm guessing is almost zero or else you city pages guys would be all over it like a pack of rabid dogs. Some DWI's and other traffic offenses huh? Is that all you can come up with? I don't have a permit to carry and I don't own a gun currently but I let people ride in my car with them, I hang at people's houses that own them, and I sure as hell had a lot of fun chopping a tree down with a buddy's AR-15 last year. The more guns the merrier. Have fun living in fear of a hunk of metal all you nut job gun haters.

Sarah Gibson
Sarah Gibson

What was the purpose of this blip of an article was about other than passively aggressively making permit holders look like bad people? Cuz that's all I got out of it. I agree with Rick. Shame on you City Pages.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

"one in seven Minnesotans has a DWI on their record, only one in 545 of the state’s permit holders got one after getting a permit"

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Gun owners are an older shrinking minority.  Every year less and less people buy guys in the United States.  The average gun owner is a older white male who thinks a gun keeps him safe.  Crime is declining.   Cell phones,  video cameras, and new criminal investigation techniques have all helped drop the crime rate.  The impending legalization of marijuana in 20 years will drop the crime rate even further.  These demographic changes will mean better gun laws are coming soon.   The United States is slowly changing to a better more peaceful place.  That's why the gun nuts are so angry.  They know they have lost the debate.  

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Obombercare took all my guns an gaved them to gay marrige!

barbertj23
barbertj23

Some kind of gun comment!

Anger!

My side is smarter than you!

FEAR!

Threats!

Na Uh My side is in fact smarter than you cuz I said so nah nah!


Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

I thought Obama was going to take all the guns, melt them down, and make bikes out of them? What happened?

really
really

Boo Yah! Feels good to know so many people took the training, got the extra scrutiny by the sherif, and have decided to take responsibility for their own safety!

Rickardo Ehman
Rickardo Ehman

Is this supposed to be scary? Gangsters, thugs and burglars don't need a gun permit to commit a crime. This type of fear mongering is part of the reason our nation is so divided. If you don't like guns for some silly reason, then by all means don't buy one. And if you want to carry a pistol, then follow the law and get your permit. But how dare you insinuate that honest law aiders are criminals in anyway. Shame on you City Pages.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@midwestexplorer81 Apparently you're not mature enough to own a gun, so do us all a favor and stick to shooting your "buddy's." While you're at it you might find something useful to shoot at, like a target. Shooting accurately takes skill and patience, oops, never mind, you probably don't have either of those.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@midwestexplorer81  Nice responsible gun owners like you will keep changing hearts and minds.   Nothing fucking creepy about you assholes shooting down a tree so you can giggle about it.  What a shitty soul you have.  

_Joe_
_Joe_

@WhiteMatt

Good lord. This joke is getting tiresome.  I can't walk into a shop anywhere without some crappy black and white printout of Obama's mug with the "salesman of the week/month/year" text on it.  It's just not funny anymore.

Ronni
Ronni

@MicheleBachmann  Where are your citations? Numerous media reports, even on the precious liberal sites like CNN, have reported the opposite of what you've stated above. Your rantings are nothing more than wishful thinking and evidence of a fearful luddite minority afraid of change and facts.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

How do you know the tree wasn't dead already? Don't be a bitch

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Joe I think it's funny. You still haven't told me how I'm as socially conservative as AZ congress....or do you just say stuff to hear yourself talk like MB?

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

What does the status of the tree have to do with it? Seriously, are you that dim witted that you didn't understand my comment?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

It has everything to do with hanktobias' comment.

Onan
Onan

@mingtran   - Uh, that has nothing to do with the comment.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

I'm not butthurt about what you call me, i'm butthurt society as a whole is so brain dead. If you weren't a bitch, you'd be alright

_Joe_
_Joe_

@mingtran  

Good thing I really don't give a rat's ass what you think of me.  When you're not all butt-hurt over what a random internet stranger thinks of you, we've actually had some good repartee.  Despite the fact that you have dropped several levels in regards to my personal evaluation of you, I will likely still converse with you when you manage to post interesting content.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You are on level with MB, if not MB incarnate.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@mingtran

I wasn't asking for proof.  I was asking for a different experience upon which to base my opinion.

I can see you're very eager to categorize me into one of your preconceived 'types' so that you can rail against me what what are no doubt very well rehearsed arguments.  Most of them are lost on me though, because I'm not who you think I am.  Or rather, who you want me to be in this conversation.


You still haven't told me what I am 'knee-jerk reacting to.'

Praytell, what have I been programmed for?

What have I lost?  What game are we playing?

Your comments are trite cliches that probably sound good in your head, but make no sense to the rest of us.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Joe In your first and last paragraphs, you claim opinions don't need to be proven. In the second paragraph, you say you want proof to form an opinion. Funny. Ok: you think just because I'm economically conservative, I must be socially conservative as well. You make knee jerk reaction statements, ignoring I wear my "legalize everything" mentality on my sleeve. And please, don't come back with that tired "you'd even legalize the murdering/raping/robbing of others?" That's boring. You have been programmed to ignore everything that you haven't been programmed for. You still haven't told me how you don't make knee jerk reaction decisions based on nothing like MB. You have lost, you are lost, and will continue to lose if you don't start living life yourself. Don't say anything back because you have nothing to say.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@mingtran  

Opinions, by definition, are not able to be proven.  If they were, they would be facts.  Not opinions.  Given my experience interacting with you, I don't find you to be particularly liberal in any fashion.  That's my measure of you, and there's nothing "knee-jerk" about it.  We've been discussing topics on these boards for years now.

If you want me to have a different opinion, show me something different.  I keep my own council on my impression of people, thank you very much.


noun: opinion; a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Joe Same thing.

I have no comment history that should suggest I'm anything but socially liberal. Therefore, you make knee-jerk reactionary comments based on nothing just like MB. Only morons have opinions they "can't prove" like you said. Don't be an MB and I won't compare you to one.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@mingtran I said socially liberal as did you.  My opinion is based off of your comment history.  As it is an opinion, I can neither prove it, nor feel the need to explain it

But really, comparing me to MB?  That's below the belt, dude..

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You telling me about the news!? That's rich. A more perfect "Mt. Gox" will replace the old one in the near as world currency is unsustainable.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  You didn't even know what Mt. Gox was until I told you.  You are a phony and a fraud.  Not smart enough to read the news.  Just a dumb boring troll.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Michelle "Mental Illness is a Bitch" Bachmann YOU ALWAYS DELIVER

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_   Well you aren't really making a very good case the average gun owner is responsible when you have some idiot up above bragging about shooting a tree and your two other biggest supporters are openly racist.   


Keep defending tree shooters and racists Joe,   It's funny when you say the Obama sign has nothing to do with race while standing on the same side as ming and matt.  I'm sure its just a coincidence the racists are on your side.   Must be fun living in a fantasy world huh Joe?  



P.S.  According to the Southern Poverty Law Center white power literature is sold openly at gun shows and in many gun shops.    I'm sure its just a coincidence.   

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann

1. the joke has nothing to do with race.

2. Yeah, you're right.  Arborcide is a growing concern in the US.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MB HAHA! KEEP GOING DUDE!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_If you go to the survey by Pew they list the demographics of the survey.   The age groups most likely to own a gun are people over 50.   Are you really so ignorant of statistics to see that means the average gun owner is older white male?    


Must make you proud to stand with such fine upstanding citizens like matt and ming.   Or how about the guy who is bragging about shooting a tree until it was dead?    You really think people like that should have death weapons capable of killing lots of people in a short amount of time?   You said yourself you go to gun shops with racist jokes right at the register.  You think that encourages responsible ownership?  How often are the openly racist on the side of what is right Joe?    You keep lying down with racist dogs you are going to wake up with fleas Joe.  



mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

It's right from the Home Office, asshat. Also asshat, violent crime and murder are two seperate things. Not sure if you're aware

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann

> "Every year less and less people buy guys in the United States."

False  Also, the word you were looking for there is, "fewer."  But it's still false.


>"The average gun owner is a older white male..."

Your own link puts that number around 38% - far from average.



> "...who thinks a gun keeps him safe."
 

No room for conjecture here.


I'm all for the US becoming a more peaceful place.  I'm a peaceful person.  There may well come a day when citizens no longer have access to firearms in the United States, but neither one of us will live to see it.


You're just as kooky as the rednecks that think Obama is going to show up in person and take away all their guns.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@leebr02 Alex Jones is a conspiracy theorist and a liar.   Providing a link to his website shows what a fucking clown you are.  Reading that article is a master class in how to trick very stupid like you into thinking guns make them safe.   


Remember how I was making a big deal about how as a percentage of society gun owners are shrinking?   That's because that's the relevant statistic.  It's true gun owners number in the same numbers as they did in the past however our population has increased to the point where gun owners make up roughly 20% of society instead of the 40% they used to be.  If less people in your society own guns that gun crime decreases.  


The United States has 3.6 deaths per 100,000 people from guns.  


The United Kingdom has 0.04 deaths per 100,000 people form guns.   


The United States has a murder rate of 4.7 murders per 100,000.   


The United Kingdom has a murder rate of 1.2 murders per 100,000.    



Gun control works.  Guns prevent death.   Evil idiots like you who insist on lying about guns are the reason people die at Sandy Hook, Columbine, and Virginia Tech.   



MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  That is such a lie its hilarious.  Let's see you provide a source for that stupid liar.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@michellebachmann You aren't asking the right questions, asshat. More people were rural back then. Avg city folk don't have use for guns these days. Demographic shift, not necessarily attitude shift.

Science also shows the UK has a higher violent crime rate than the US, despite guns being illegal there.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@_Joe_   You should take a high school class on statistics sometime so you don't sound so dumb.  You idiot gun owners wanted to know why I said gun owners are an older shrinking minority.  I've shown that gun owners are old.   I've shown that as a percentage of the population gun owners are shrinking.  I don't care if you don't believe me.  Keep your head in the sand. Science shows guns cause death and murder.  Eventually people will see which side is right.  Just like gay marriage and marijuana legalization.  

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MicheleBachmann  

Your first link only talks about who owns the guns.  The only age related statistic mentioned was that 52% of gun owners were over 50 years old.  Which is unsurprising since the older you get, the more time you've had to collect.

Your second link only talks about the percentage of respondents to the poll.  Not real numbers.  For example, using the numbers from the graph on the link you posted:

43% of the population in 1973 was about 91 million. 

29% of the population in 2010 was about 89 million.


So the difference is not that significant.


It also doesn't really have anything to do with permits or firearm sales.

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