Minnesota sheriffs received 33,816 permit to carry applications in 2012 and issued 31,657 -- a record number and significant jump from recent years. As of March 1, the total number of valid permits in Minnesota is 125,339.
There were nine permits suspended, two revoked, six voided and 285 denied in 2012, according to statistics released Friday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Minnesota law enforcement agencies reported to the BCA that in 2012, individuals with permits committed 296 crimes. Almost half were DWIs or other traffic offenses.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in 2013 became aware that not all police departments have submitted data on crimes and on justifiable use of firearms by permit holders as required by state law. As a result, the data in this report may not reflect the total criminal activity nor the total justifiable uses by permit holders.