Gun supporters say Minnesota has reached 200,000 pistol carry permits

The Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee said today that the 200,000th pistol carry permit was issued this month in Minnesota.

A 2003 change in state law made it easier for applicants to get the permits from county sheriffs, as long as they complete an approved safety course, are law-abiding, not a danger to themselves or others and are not generally prohibited by federal or state law from possessing a firearm.

Bryan Strawser, executive director of the Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee, said in a statement:

“I’m excited to see Minnesotans exercising their right to keep and bear arms in record numbers. Permit holders in Minnesota today are more diverse, more female, and younger than ever before, reflecting the growing popularity of the shooting sports and self-defense awareness across our state.”

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