Larger Minnesota counties report dramatic surges in gun permit revenue

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 15, 2013 - 7:18 AM

Minnesota’s largest counties are getting record numbers of requests to carry handguns.

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foneboothJun. 14, 1310:41 PM

Paranoia sells guns...just what Colt and S&W like...

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braxozJun. 14, 1311:18 PM

At least right now they can't get ammunition for their new toys.

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mdachsJun. 14, 1311:23 PM

This is great news! The more guns that people legally carry, the safer we are. All of the studies prove that states with conceal and carry permit laws have far less gun violence and other violent crime than states that don't. It makes criminals wonder whether you carry a gun - and hesitate more often to commit crimes. Guns are our friends - at least for folks who are not criminals.

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spicebearJun. 14, 1311:55 PM

@ All of the studies prove that states with conceal and carry permit laws have far less gun violence... Hmmm... "ALL" of the studies don't "prove" anything at all; at best, MANY of the studies suggest that states with "shall issue" CC laws have lower crime, but there is no evidence this is BECAUSE of CC. Historically, crime has decreased when the economy improves as it is (slowly) doing now. Also, bear in mind that many of the states with 'shall issue" CC laws already had relatively low crime rates. None of which, BTW, means that I will leave my SIG at home :-)

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lechevalier5Jun. 15, 1312:56 AM

why don't I feel safer.

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concernedduhJun. 15, 13 1:48 AM

Even the people that get a permit and don't carry help reduce crime. Criminals can no longer assume everyone is potential easy victim, so committing a crime appears riskier to them, just knowing there are a large number of armed citizens. It's the same concept as having plain clothes Sky Marshals on airplanes to reduces hijackings. Make criminals fear the unknown.

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jjhartJun. 15, 13 6:32 AM

It would be interesting to look at a comparison of the fees associated with each year or the actual number of requests done to really make a comparison of how much more is being collected. Just a comparison of gross collections doesn't really tell the whole story.

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bgronniJun. 15, 13 6:46 AM

First, many people realize that the government will not protect them. and second, they know that the government will restrict their second amendment rights. Honest people following the rules.

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LicoriceJun. 15, 13 6:59 AM

I've never felt so unsafe in my life. I hate the idea of paranoid people walking around with guns. That's what it is with all the newbie pistol packers rushing to get their guns -- paranoia. And, I do support the second amendment.

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zoilovJun. 15, 13 7:00 AM

I wonder how many applications were turned down???

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