More than 106,000 Permits to Carry issued in 2021

The Minnesota BCA recently issued the 2021 Permit to Carry Report, and more firearms permits were issued by the state’s sheriffs last year than in any other year since the Personal Protection Act was enacted.

More than 106,000 permits were issued last year, about 10,000 more permits than were issued in 2020.

Minnesota sheriffs also reported that people with permits committed 3,863 crimes in 2021, which is also the highest number since the state’s Personal Protection Act was enacted.

Of those crimes, just over two percent were crimes where guns were used.

Most of the crimes committed by permit holders were DWIs and other traffic offenses.

About 20 percent were “other” crimes which include ordinance violations, hunting and fishing violations, and the less common, but more serious offenses, such as stalking and rioting.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!


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